A 3-year-old male asked:
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my 3 year old is on 4 days of oral steroids for croup. how long after stopping steroids can he get the flu shot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
I'd wait 2 wks: If your local flu season is active now I'd get it soon. A short course of steroids may not suppress the response much. If it is early in your season I would wait 2-3 wks to get the most from the shot. It takes about 2-3 weeks after the shot to have robust protection.
Answered on Sep 30, 2019

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