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

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 28 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).
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: There are no studies to show any extra reactions in children with autism receiving flu shots.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Without Question: There are no questions that the vaccine is safe. An autistic child tends to have much greater negative effects of the infection itself, than any possible problems with the vaccine.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 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.
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