How old does your child have to be to get a flu shot?
Kate - posted on 06/10/2014
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.
Rachael - posted on 09/09/2009
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.
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:
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.
Katarina - posted on 09/09/2009
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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