The CDC and the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that all children 6 months and older get vaccinated, with
some exceptions. The number of 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.
The AAP recommends the flu shot as
the first choice for the vaccine. A nasal spray made of live but weakened flu virus is
available for the 2018-2019 flu season for healthy children 2 years and older who don't
get the flu shot.
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 able
to get a flu shot if they: