Close contact. The flu is passed on from person to person in tiny droplets expelled during coughing and sneezing. Your baby can get the flu if they are in close proximity to another sick child, or if they play with that child's toys or other objects. These droplets can stay in surfaces for a long time, so it is important to frequently clean your baby's hands.
Person to person. The flu is spread like any other cold virus, through close contact with an infected person. The flu, however, can have more serious complications than "the common cold." the best way to prevent from getting the flu is to wash your hands well and get vaccinated. If your baby is over 6 months, he or she should be vaccinated, and if under 6 months, all caregivers should get the vaccine.
YES. The flu vaccine is an important part of the preventive care for children as well as adults. The younger the child (infants) the more serious influenza can be. If everyone were to get vaccinated for the flu there would be less influenza illnesses and deaths.
Yes. Sickle cell patients fall into the group with chronic illness where a yearly flu shot is recommended. The side effects are not seen in higher frequency in this group and failure to get the vaccine leaves the child vulnerable to both the flu and complicating illnesses which would be usually be more serious in this population.
Yes. Not "can"; "needs to! ".
They should. Children with sickle cell disease should get annual influenza vaccinations.
Yes. People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk of severe complications of influenza and should recieve the yearly influenza vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated.