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Should I get my baby a flu shot?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Annie Emmick
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, the flu shot is recommended yearly for all babies and children six months and older. Young children suffer the most complications when they become ill with the flu, including pneumonia and dehydration, and their chance of needing to be admitted to the hospital is the highest of all age groups.
They are also the primary "spreaders" of flu within a community.

In brief: Yes

Yes, the flu shot is recommended yearly for all babies and children six months and older. Young children suffer the most complications when they become ill with the flu, including pneumonia and dehydration, and their chance of needing to be admitted to the hospital is the highest of all age groups.
They are also the primary "spreaders" of flu within a community.
Dr. Annie Emmick
Dr. Annie Emmick
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In brief: Yes

It is recommended that all infants over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccine.

In brief: Yes

It is recommended that all infants over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccine.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Every baby 6 months on up should get a flu shot.
Babies are one of the highest risk groups for complications of influenza including pneumonia, hospitalization and yes, even death. If you could decrease the chances of those by two little shots, go for it.Your infant's immune system has no prior experience with influenza, so needs that boost of help from the vaccine to get safely through first years.

In brief: Yes

Every baby 6 months on up should get a flu shot.
Babies are one of the highest risk groups for complications of influenza including pneumonia, hospitalization and yes, even death. If you could decrease the chances of those by two little shots, go for it.Your infant's immune system has no prior experience with influenza, so needs that boost of help from the vaccine to get safely through first years.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

If they are over 6 months that is.
.. Babies younger than this should not get the flu shot. However if they are older the shot can help protect them from getting the flu. Parents and others in the household should also get the shot to help protect the youngest and eldest members of the community, who are most vulnerable to the flu.

In brief: Yes

If they are over 6 months that is.
.. Babies younger than this should not get the flu shot. However if they are older the shot can help protect them from getting the flu. Parents and others in the household should also get the shot to help protect the youngest and eldest members of the community, who are most vulnerable to the flu.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Every baby 6 months on up should get a flu shot.
Babies are one of the highest risk groups for complications of influenza including pneumonia, hospitalization & yes, even death. If you could decrease the chances of those by two little shots, go for it. Your infant's immune system has no prior experience with influenza, so needs that boost of help from the vaccine to get safely through first years.

In brief: Yes

Every baby 6 months on up should get a flu shot.
Babies are one of the highest risk groups for complications of influenza including pneumonia, hospitalization & yes, even death. If you could decrease the chances of those by two little shots, go for it. Your infant's immune system has no prior experience with influenza, so needs that boost of help from the vaccine to get safely through first years.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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