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Should babies get flu shots?

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicologist

Flu shots are widely recommended for children age 6 months and older annually. Very young children are at risk for the complications of flu. While the flu vaccine is not 100% effective, children who recieve the flu vaccine and end up getting the flu are likely to have a milder case of the illness. Whether you choose to give your child the flu vaccine is a question you and your pediatrician need to discuss. The best decision on vaccination is an informed one.

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