Texts Boost Flu Shot Follow-Up Numbers

Texts Boost Flu Shot Follow-Up Numbers

Text message reminders are most effective for parents to help them remember health and dosage information for their kids, new research suggests.

When it comes to reminding parents that their child needs a second flu vaccine, an electronic text message reminder was shown to be more effective in making sure they received the booster than a written reminder, according to a study from researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and published in the journal Pediatrics.

For the study, researchers looked at 660 families with children aged from 6 months to 8 years, from three pediatric clinics in New York City who had received their first influenza vaccine dose and who would still require a second dose.

While all of the parents were given written reminders for the second dose, they were split into three groups.

The researchers found that for 72 percent children of parents who got a reminder through text message had a second dose of the vaccine during the flu season compared with 57 percent of those who received a written reminders.

It’s prime time for seasonal flu around the holidays each year and while when it hits can vary from year to year, the flu season usually peaks right in the middle of the holiday season, between December and February, according to the CDC

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system – your nose, throat and lungs. Common signs and symptoms of the flu include fever over 100 F, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headache, dry cough as nasal congestion.

 

 

 

Sources: Pediatrics
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