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Can you give your child the flu shot?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Certainly yes: Any child 6 months or older has the first priority to receive flu shot.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

If your child was autistic, would you give them the flu shot?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: There is no reason not to give a child with autism a flu shot. The only possible reason to not give a child a flu shot is if the child has an allergy to the shot or if it becomes too difficult to give the child a shot or a nasal spray ( an alternative used in young children).
A 41-year-old female asked:

Should i give my children the flu shot?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Which side effects of a flu shot for a child are most common?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Soreness/fever/irrit: Most children have no unpleasant side effects from flu vaccine but some may get soreness and swelling at the site of injectionwhich is self limiting, low grade fever and irritability.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the usual side effects of a flu shot for a child?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Fever and soreness: The most common side effect is fever , soreness and occassional cold like symptoms. Most often there are no side effects.
A member asked:

What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

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Dr. Annie Emmick
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No worries: The only difference between the flu shots is the dose: children under three get half the adult dose. That means a child will get an adult dose the day after his 3rd birthday, whereas the day before that birthday he would have received the smaller dose--half. Most importantly, the child is immunized against flu, which can be a terrible illness!

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