Recommendations for the Flu Shot in Children

Dr. Mom blog explores recommendations for the flu shot in children.

Every fall is the time of year for you and your little one to get your flu shot! As a mom, watching Madi be uncomfortable or cry while she gets her shot can be extremely stressful, but I take her every year because as a physician – I know that the benefits of getting the flu shot often out-weigh the costs. Because the flu virus changes yearly, everyone needs a yearly flu shot to build up their immunity.

The most common questions I get asked from parents is:

1. When is my child old enough to get the flu shot

2. Is it safe?

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends:

  1. All children over 6 months of age get the flu shot yearly.
  2. The flu shot is very safe. The most common side effects are soreness in the area of injection, or a mild fever for 1-2 days afterwards. All children over 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine unless they have had a serious life threatening reaction to the flu vaccine previously. Vaccinations have no link to autism, and therefore are safe for children, including those with autism, to receive.


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