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What should I do if my baby is too young for a flu shot?
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
17 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Dannielle Harwood
Hopefully you are breast feeding and can pass your own antibodies against the flu to your infant!
2 doctors agree
In brief: Baby carriers
P.S. We had good results with taking our 3 week old to disneyland by carrying him in the baby sling all the time when out of our hotel room. People tend to respect the parents' personal space better than they refrain from touching a baby's hands or face when they are exposed in a stroller. (be aware that some infant slings have been recalled -- positioning can close off the airway!).

In brief: Baby carriers
P.S. We had good results with taking our 3 week old to disneyland by carrying him in the baby sling all the time when out of our hotel room. People tend to respect the parents' personal space better than they refrain from touching a baby's hands or face when they are exposed in a stroller. (be aware that some infant slings have been recalled -- positioning can close off the airway!).
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Cocoon them
Cdc recommends a technique called "cocooning" to prevent disease in babies too young to vaccinate (or others unable to receive a vaccine, such as immunocompromised).
This means having baby's caregivers receive the vaccine to provide a layer of protection around her/him. Other strategies are good handwashing, minimizing taking baby into crowds, and asking ill contacts to not visit or wear a mask.

In brief: Cocoon them
Cdc recommends a technique called "cocooning" to prevent disease in babies too young to vaccinate (or others unable to receive a vaccine, such as immunocompromised).
This means having baby's caregivers receive the vaccine to provide a layer of protection around her/him. Other strategies are good handwashing, minimizing taking baby into crowds, and asking ill contacts to not visit or wear a mask.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Jeffrey Min
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Vaccinate caregivers
If your baby is too young (under 6 months) when flu shots are available, the next best thing is that all caregivers (parents, nannies, baby sitters) should get their flu shots to give the baby a ring of protection from the flu.
You should also be careful taking your baby out and being around sick people. Continuing breastfeeding can also increase protection.

In brief: Vaccinate caregivers
If your baby is too young (under 6 months) when flu shots are available, the next best thing is that all caregivers (parents, nannies, baby sitters) should get their flu shots to give the baby a ring of protection from the flu.
You should also be careful taking your baby out and being around sick people. Continuing breastfeeding can also increase protection.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Dr. Jeffrey Min
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Immunize family...
...Members and caregivers in contact with the baby, and avoid unnecessary contacts.
Also, of course, handwashing and proper hygiene, and breastfeeding, contribute to the baby's protection.

In brief: Immunize family...
...Members and caregivers in contact with the baby, and avoid unnecessary contacts.
Also, of course, handwashing and proper hygiene, and breastfeeding, contribute to the baby's protection.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Handwashing
To prevent the spread of influenza and other viral infections, there are a few measures to follow: frequent handwashing, avoiding taking very young infants to crowded places such as malls (esp.
Under 3 months old), and avoiding letting friends/visitors who are sick hold the baby. No family members should smoke since smoke exposure greatly increases the risk of respiratory infections in children.

In brief: Handwashing
To prevent the spread of influenza and other viral infections, there are a few measures to follow: frequent handwashing, avoiding taking very young infants to crowded places such as malls (esp.
Under 3 months old), and avoiding letting friends/visitors who are sick hold the baby. No family members should smoke since smoke exposure greatly increases the risk of respiratory infections in children.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: You can get the shot
Children under 6 months cannot get the flu vaccine, but those around them can and should.
This includes the parents, siblings and all other caregivers and close contacts. In addition, good hand washing and avoiding large crowds, daycare and sick individuals lessens the risk of catching the flu.

In brief: You can get the shot
Children under 6 months cannot get the flu vaccine, but those around them can and should.
This includes the parents, siblings and all other caregivers and close contacts. In addition, good hand washing and avoiding large crowds, daycare and sick individuals lessens the risk of catching the flu.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Immunize caretakers
Immunization of the parents and any caregivers and avoiding crowded places during flu season will help to reduce the risk of exposure for the baby.
In addition, studies have shown that immunizing the mother during pregnancy can give protection to the baby.

In brief: Immunize caretakers
Immunization of the parents and any caregivers and avoiding crowded places during flu season will help to reduce the risk of exposure for the baby.
In addition, studies have shown that immunizing the mother during pregnancy can give protection to the baby.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Protect your baby
Make sure all household members are vaccinated as well as caregivers.

In brief: Protect your baby
Make sure all household members are vaccinated as well as caregivers.
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Vaccinate everyone
Vaccinate everyone around the baby, avoid exposure to sick people and lots of hand washing will help prevent the spread of the disease.

In brief: Vaccinate everyone
Vaccinate everyone around the baby, avoid exposure to sick people and lots of hand washing will help prevent the spread of the disease.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Vaccinate yourself!
Vaccinate yourself and everyone who is going to spend time with your baby and make everyone wash their hands well before touching the baby.
If they are sick themselves, they should stay away.

In brief: Vaccinate yourself!
Vaccinate yourself and everyone who is going to spend time with your baby and make everyone wash their hands well before touching the baby.
If they are sick themselves, they should stay away.
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Cocoon immunity
If your baby is too young for a flu shot, it is best to make sure that everyone who spends time with baby is immunized.
This provides a "cocoon" of protection.

In brief: Cocoon immunity
If your baby is too young for a flu shot, it is best to make sure that everyone who spends time with baby is immunized.
This provides a "cocoon" of protection.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics
In brief: You get the shot
Be sure that all eligible family members receive the flu shot.
Also, recommend that all family and friends who contact your newborn get the "tdap" variety of the "tetanus booster" to prevent exposure of babies to pertussis (whooping cough). This way we can "cocoon" babies and protect them from dangerous diseases.

In brief: You get the shot
Be sure that all eligible family members receive the flu shot.
Also, recommend that all family and friends who contact your newborn get the "tdap" variety of the "tetanus booster" to prevent exposure of babies to pertussis (whooping cough). This way we can "cocoon" babies and protect them from dangerous diseases.
Dr. Michael Coogan
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In brief: Boost immunity
A baby's immunity can be boosted naturally by optimal nutrition.
Breastfeeding until one year of age is highly recommended. A breastfeeding mom should eat a healthy diet. If the baby is eating solids his/her diet should initially consist of pureed fruits and vegetables with limited sugary processed foods. Subsequent food should be healthy whole foods.

In brief: Boost immunity
A baby's immunity can be boosted naturally by optimal nutrition.
Breastfeeding until one year of age is highly recommended. A breastfeeding mom should eat a healthy diet. If the baby is eating solids his/her diet should initially consist of pureed fruits and vegetables with limited sugary processed foods. Subsequent food should be healthy whole foods.
Dr. Pamela Middleton
Dr. Pamela Middleton
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
In brief: Get it
If baby less than 6 months then everyone else in house should get the shot to protect the baby.

In brief: Get it
If baby less than 6 months then everyone else in house should get the shot to protect the baby.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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In brief: Vaccinate his family
Children under 6 months are not eligible for the flu shot, but are at great risk if they acquire the flu.
It is essential that everyone in the baby's world-parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, etc. Be vaccinated. This creates a protective cocoon against influenza.

In brief: Vaccinate his family
Children under 6 months are not eligible for the flu shot, but are at great risk if they acquire the flu.
It is essential that everyone in the baby's world-parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, etc. Be vaccinated. This creates a protective cocoon against influenza.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Vaccinate the others
If flu vaccine is given to everybody else around a baby, then the baby has much less chance of catching the flu.
Staying away from crowds is another way to decrease the chance of a baby getting the flu from someone. Also, breastfeeding may help, as some protective antibodies are passed from mother to baby through the breastmilk.

In brief: Vaccinate the others
If flu vaccine is given to everybody else around a baby, then the baby has much less chance of catching the flu.
Staying away from crowds is another way to decrease the chance of a baby getting the flu from someone. Also, breastfeeding may help, as some protective antibodies are passed from mother to baby through the breastmilk.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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