Get an infant flu shot as soon as possible. Please know that a flu shot for an expectant mother can protect a baby under 6 months from this very contagious illness.

I recommend getting the seasonal flu shot as soon as they come out. The flu shot is generally available and recommended late fall and through the early spring.

Every child six months and older should get a flu shot.

Every child six months and older should get a flu shot.

Young children, especially infants, can become very ill. As a reminder, the nasal spray is no longer an option, so it’s a shot for all.

For children who have a chronic health condition or lowered immunity, the flu shot can prevent serious later health problem. Always take steps to prevent the flu.

Infant Flu Shot Under 6 Months

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that, among children of all ages, those under 6 months of age are at the greatest risk of being hospitalized from flu.

Because flu shot is only approved from the age of 6 months, I recommend that expectant mothers receive a flu shot. This will protect themselves and their newborn children from flu-related health problems.

See more about the effect of expectant mothers and the flu shot in Medical News Today.

What is the Flu? from Sandy L. Chung, MD, FAAP

Cough…cough… sniffle..sniffle…  uh oh, your child is definitely coming down with something. If your child has had fevers, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and headache or body aches, then it is very likely, especially during cold weather.  Is it the flu?