How old does your child have to be to get a flu shot?

Cinimon - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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i was wanting to get my little girl vaccinated for the flue how old does she need to be to get the shot?

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Kate - posted on 06/10/2014

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My daughter got a flu shot when she was a baby. She had gray poop for a month afterwards. I will never have her get a flu shot anymore unless she is old enough to make a wise decision. I wouldn't have a child get a flu shot until they are at least 2. Hope that helped. Sorry for lingering.

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Yes it is 6 months! I just went to my daughters well check up yesterday and her doctor said not until 6 months. But for me and my husband to get the shot so that we won't get sick and pass it on to her.

Rachael - posted on 09/09/2009

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In the US they like the babies to be 6 mo. old. The first time they get the shot they will get 2 shots each I believe a month apart. If the infant is younger than 6 months during flu season, the recommendation is that everyone in the household be vaccinated for the flu.

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Quoting Anna:

I was just reading that kids who have the flu shot end up in hospital from flu more than those who don't have the shot. I will try and find the link again for you but you could google it.


Here's the link you're looking for:



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...



The problem with this study is that it looked at the high risk groups, who are more likely to have received the flu vaccine than those who are not. They'd be more likely to go to the hospital if they did get the flu. I don't think it indicates that the vaccine is ineffective, and neither do the authors of the study. And especially since other studies actually looking at the vaccine have shown it to be effective, I still got my shot this year, and my son will be getting it too.



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...

Crystal - posted on 09/09/2009

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6mo in the US, My daughter personally has never had any problems with the shot

Anna - posted on 09/09/2009

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I was just reading that kids who have the flu shot end up in hospital from flu more than those who don't have the shot. I will try and find the link again for you but you could google it.

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They usually recommend it at 6 months in the US. One thing you can definitely do is make sure everyone in your house is vaccinated against flu to help protect your little girl.

Katarina - posted on 09/09/2009

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I was told as soon as it is offered to bring my son and our family in for the flu shot. He's 5 months old. We were told this when he was 2 months old. In BC, Canada it is free to babies and any family members that come in close,frequent contact with them.

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