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Is it safe for my baby to get a flu shot?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
15 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.

In brief: Yes

Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Unless your baby has a severe egg allergy or an illness that compromises her immune system, the flu shot is safe for kids 6 months and older. It's also a good idea for everyone else in the house to get the flu shot too (especially if mom is breastfeeding - then mom's flu shot further helps protect baby).

In brief: Yes

Unless your baby has a severe egg allergy or an illness that compromises her immune system, the flu shot is safe for kids 6 months and older. It's also a good idea for everyone else in the house to get the flu shot too (especially if mom is breastfeeding - then mom's flu shot further helps protect baby).
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Flu vaccine is one of the safest and best tolerated immunizations.
There are many misbeliefs about it. One is that the flu shot can give you the flu. This is absolutely incorrect. In fact it is really quite impossible for the flu shot to give you the flu since it is a killed virus vaccine. The only clear reason to avoid flu vaccination is a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergy) to egg.

In brief: Yes

Flu vaccine is one of the safest and best tolerated immunizations.
There are many misbeliefs about it. One is that the flu shot can give you the flu. This is absolutely incorrect. In fact it is really quite impossible for the flu shot to give you the flu since it is a killed virus vaccine. The only clear reason to avoid flu vaccination is a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergy) to egg.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If your baby is older than 6 mos of age and has no immuniocompromizing condition, it is a lot safer to be immunized than to get influenza infection.

In brief: Yes

If your baby is older than 6 mos of age and has no immuniocompromizing condition, it is a lot safer to be immunized than to get influenza infection.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is.
The only current exception is if the patient has had a documented severe allergy to eggs. Even in such cases, it is probably safe to give the vaccine, which may be split in two doses on two separate visits.

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is.
The only current exception is if the patient has had a documented severe allergy to eggs. Even in such cases, it is probably safe to give the vaccine, which may be split in two doses on two separate visits.
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
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