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A 38-year-old female asked:

How essential is it that extended family receive a flu shot if going to be around a 3-6 month old during flu season? how protected is the baby if mother gets vaccinated and exclusively breastfeeds?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Flu vaccination: The baby may have a flu vaccination at age 6 months. The immediate family and caregivers should also have a flu vaccination to protect themselves and others from acquiring influenza infection. A flu vaccination is important in keeping your family well. Use good hand washing and hand sanitizer. Avoid contact with the baby if you have a fever or flu like illness.

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