For information on flu vaccination recommendations, visit the CDC's Web site cdc.gov/flu
Everyone is at risk for being infected with the influenza virus and can spread the disease to others. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year.
We know that children are two-to-three times more likely to develop influenza than adults because of their less-developed immune systems. Studies show that otherwise healthy but unvaccinated daycare and school-age children are prime targets for influenza. The flu vaccine can help children stay free of influenza during the flu season, and potentially help stop the spread of the virus to their families and communities.
All it takes is a simple phone call and a visit to your doctor to get your child vaccinated. It could save your child’s life.
When is the Best Time to Get Vaccinated?
It is recommended to get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available in your community. The virus tends to spread from October to May, with most cases occurring in January or February. However, vaccinations can be given at any time during the flu season – even getting a vaccination later in the season (December through March) can still help protect you from influenza.