Yes. Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Not enough. The antibodies in breast milk are predominantly IgA, otherwise called gut antibody, because they help prevent germs from attaching & invading the gut wall. Mothers make IgG after a flu shot, and a little comes across in BM but not enough to be considered protective. If the kid is 6 mo they can get a flu shot.Before then we encourage any of their contacts to get one to "cocoon" baby in protection. Read more...
See below. There would not be any significant risk. Read more...
My 7 yr old son has fifth disease, is it safe for him to get a flu shot while he has this? Or should I wait until he is better
Avoid shot for now. i think it would be safe to let the infection run its course, since the body is busy using its immune system to make antibodies to protect you from another similar exposure. If give it at least a week after being sick to try to give a vaccine. Read more...