The flu is a common and unpredictable virus, which can cause serious health problems for otherwise healthy children.
“Flu vaccine is the best way we have to protect children against this virus,” said Henry Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP, author of both policy statements. “The flu virus is unpredictable. We cannot always anticipate how severely it will affect different groups of people. Being immunized with the flu vaccine every year significantly reduces the risk of your child being hospitalized due to flu, and it protects other vulnerable members of your family and community.” –
The AAP recommends that everyone who is 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu vaccination.
Flu Vaccine Recommendations
Who Should get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
Everyone ages 6 months and older are recommended for annual influenza vaccination. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against four viruses. More information on Influenza (Flu) | CDC.
The Flu and COVID-19
Children ages 5 and over who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can receive the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time. However, families should not delay either vaccination, if they have access to one before the other. Learn more about preventing a “twindemic” during flu season.