One Dose or Two?

Some children will need two doses of flu vaccine to make sure that they are really protected against Influenza.

We will be following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and will let you know when your child gets their flu shot whether they need to return for a second.

If your child does need two doses of flu vaccine this year, the second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first. Longer than 4 weeks is OK, but it should not be less.

If your child is age 6 months to 8 years and has never received any flu vaccine, they need two doses this year.

If your child is age 6 months to 8 years, and has only ever received one dose of flu vaccine ever, they need two doses this year.

If your child is age 6 months to 8 years and has received two doses of flu vaccine at any point (even if they were not in the same year),they need one dose of flu vaccine this year.

If your child is age 9 years or older, they only need one flu vaccine this year.

These recommendations can be confusing – we will help you decide whether your child needs one dose or two when your child is here for their flu vaccine.