The CDC and the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommend that all children 6 months and older get vaccinated, with some
exceptions. The vaccine is most often given by a shot into the muscle. The number
doses of flu vaccine depends on the child's age and vaccine history. Two doses are
needed for children 6 months to 8 years who are getting their first flu vaccine.
A nasal spray made of live but
weakened flu virus is available for the 2019-2020 flu season. It's for healthy children
2 years and older who don't want the flu shot.
Children younger than 6 months of
age are too young to get the flu vaccine.
Some conditions may prevent your
child from being vaccinated. Talk with your child's healthcare provider if you are
concerned about whether your child should get the flu vaccine. Children may not be
to get a flu shot if they: