Flu Shot Recommmendations
Influenza vaccine is recommended for all children from age 6 months up to their 19th birthday.
A flu shot is strongly recommended for children and adults in the following groups:
Children with asthma or any lung disease, including any child who has had wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis or has used an inhaler or nebulizer.
Children with a chronic disease that puts them at risk of getting seriously ill with Influenza, such as diabetes, cerebral palsy, heart or kidney disease, or any type of immunodeficiency.
Family members or those living in the same home as a child under fiver, or children in any of the above groups.
Parents, siblings and others living with infants under six months.
In addition, flu shots are recommended for adults over age 50, pregnant women and some other groups.
Please see the CDC website
for full recommendations.
If your child is 6 months to 8 years of age, and this is the first year they are getting a flu shot, they will need two doses of the influenza Vaccine. Please ask about this when you come in for your flu shot or look at the One Dose or Two?
If your child is 6 months to 8 years of age, and has received at least two doses of flu vaccine in the past, they only need one dose this year. If they have not received two doses in the past, they need two doses this year. This can be confusing, so please check with us and we will help you figure out if your child needs one or two doses of vaccine.