Rady Children’s doctors urge flu shots for youngsters

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Believe it or not, while the weather may seem otherwise, we’re in flu season.

Already, a 73-year-old woman died from flu complications and further investigation revealed that she hadn’t gotten a flu shot.

It’s against this backdrop that Rady Children’s Hospital doctors spoke Tuesday about making sure children as vaccinated as well.

Twelve year old Piper Shanks had some encouraging words for everyone about getting a flu shot, especially to her peers.

"The shot I just got, I was nervous it would hurt, but it didn’t hurt at all. I’m glad I got it because I definitely don’t want to get the flu," she said.

Pipe, who’s had Type 1 Diabetes since she was four, is a Rady Children’s Hospital patient and because she has a pre-existing conditions, it makes her the perfect person to front a Rady Health Initiative, encouraging all patients, six months and older, to get a flu shot.

Rady Children’s also made a call for all country residents, pre-existing condition or not, to be immunized at their doctors or their local pharmacy.

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