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Read terrible possible deadly reactions from flu shots in children, is it worth taking the risk? how effective are the flu shots?

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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Flu shot: The riskiest part of getting a flu vaccine or giving one to your child is driving to the office to get it. The flu shot this year has about a 60% effectiveness. Children under the age of 5 are more likely to get serious complication from the flu itself.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Flu shots: Flu shots are 80 percent effective.If your child is over age three he can be given nasal flu shot to avoid deadly reactions
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Very effective&safe: Flu vaccine is most effective in children>2 years and adults. Estimates are it is 60+% effective. Adverse reactions like Guillian Barre syndrome are equal in vaccinated and non-vaccinated populations. See CDC.gov/flu for more info. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Get the shot: I give the flu shot to all of my patients and have given it to my own children every year. It is effective in controlling the spread of flu and is very safe. Studies have shown that even though those over 65 are all vaccinated against the flu, their death rate during flu season goes way down when all the children in the community get their flu vaccine. It appears unimmunized children are the little bioterrorists that bring it home to their grandparents and to their baby sisters and brothers. Babies under 6 months can have serious complications from flu so we recommend all family members be vaccinated to produce a cocoon of protection.

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