The flu vaccine protects your family from the flu. For many people, the flu is more than a seasonal annoyance — it can be dangerous.
The flu vaccine is especially important this year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the flu shot is an easy way to keep our lungs healthy and stop the flu from spreading to people who might get dangerously ill.
All Nemours Children's locations have COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect your family when you come for a visit. Go to Nemours.org/Coronavirus to learn more.
Every Nemours Children's Health primary care location offers flu shots for kids.
For your convenience, many locations have after-hours and weekend flu clinics. Dates and hours are listed on each Nemours practice webpage.
No. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.
Flu season usually runs from early fall through spring.
Your body’s immunity against the flu virus declines over time, which is why it’s important to get a flu shot every year.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. It's especially important for people who are at greater risk of having health problems from the flu to get vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated before the flu season is in full force (ideally by the end of October) gives the body a chance to make antibodies that protect from the virus. Even though it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine is available, getting the vaccine later still can be helpful. Even as late as January, there are still a few months left in the flu season, so it's still a good idea to get protected.
People might feel sore in the area where they had the shot. A few people get a slight fever. These are just signs that the body is already getting to work building up its defenses against the flu.
Yes. It is safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine along with any other routine vaccine, including the flu vaccine. Learn more about this topic at KidsHealth.org.
Get more flu shot facts in this video from the experts at Nemours KidsHealth.
If your child got a flu shot at another location, call your Nemours provider to let them know.
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