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What should I do if my baby is too young for a flu shot?

What should I do if my baby is too young for a flu shot?

Shoot everyone else: Flu shots are recommended for anyone over 6 months of age. If your baby is younger that that, make sure everyone else in the household or has contact with your child gets the flu shot. Also for younger infants it is a good idea to avoid contact with anyone who has a cold if possible. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

Yes: Whether these are really protective for the child is harder to prove. Breastfeeding is a personal decision looking at one's whole life situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should I get my baby a flu shot?

Should I get my baby a flu shot?

Yes: If there's no specific reason your child shouldn't receive the shot, like an allergy, then, yes, most definitely. Flu shots can be given yearly after 6 months of age. Not giving the shot is not the same as not taking a risk; you're just accepting the much larger risk of getting the illness and a serious complication. Besides hygiene/clean water, nothing compares with vaccines for health value. ...Read more

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How often does my baby need a flu shot?

1 years: Children can begin to receive the flu shot at 6 months. During their first flu season, infants should get 2 flu shots, 1 month apart. Thereafter, children should receive one flu shot each year. ...Read more

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How old do kids have to be to get a flu shot? I have a 6 month old. Is he too young to get a flu shot? .

How old do kids have to be to get a flu shot? I have a 6 month old. Is he too young to get a flu shot?

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Get vaccine now: The cdc recommends that flu shots can start at 6 months of age. Your child should receive his first dose now, and then he will need another 28 days from the first. This second booster is required when a child is receiving the flu vaccine for the very first time. In subsequent years, only one dose for that year will be needed. ...Read more

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Should my 8 month old baby get a flu shot?

Should my 8 month old baby get a flu shot?

Yes: All children 6 months and older should get a flu shot. Flu is most dangerous in the very young and very old. ...Read more

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My baby isn't up to date on vaccines, can she still get a flu shot?

My baby isn't up to date on vaccines, can she still get a flu shot?

Yes: No problem getting the influenza vaccine (flu shot) after 6 months of age. If first timer, she will receive a 1/2 dose and repeat again 1 month later. You can still get the other catch up vaccines at the same time! ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Safe-yes: This vaccine is delayed to 6 months because it is thought the maternal antibodies baby gets from you during pregnancy would otherwise weaken the benefit.It is a safe and effective product. I ran out of my supply for this age group a few weeks ago. ...Read more

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If I got a flu shot prior to getting pregnant, are any of the antibodies still passed to the baby?

If I got a flu shot prior to getting pregnant, are any of the antibodies still passed to the baby?

How long?: The protective antibody level lasts for about 3-4 months and yes it will pass to the fetus as well. But after 3-4 months, neither of you will be protected. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more