What is the Youngest Age for Receiving a Flu Vaccine?
Posted on February 9, 2022
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One common question about flu vaccination is how soon can a child receive one?
In the United States, flu vaccination is recommended beginning at 6 months old and every year after that. Children under 9-years-old who are receiving their first-ever flu vaccine need two doses spaced out by one month. While it may seem young, flu vaccination is especially important for infants (six months and older) and children because they are considered high-risk for flu complications, hospitalization, and death. S
How can I protect an infant younger than 6 months old who is not yet able to be vaccinated?
The best way to protect infants from flu before they are able to receive their own flu vaccine at 6 months of age is for expectant women to get a flu vaccine in pregnancy. Additionally, anyone who will come into close contact with infants, such as other family members and caregivers, should get a flu vaccine to reduce the chance that they will spread flu to young children. A recent study found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of life-threatening influenza by 75%!
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