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Flu Shots for Babies

Winter is coming, and I'm worried that my baby will get sick. Should she get the flu shot?

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Unless your child has an underlying chronic condition such as asthma that might make the flu rougher for her, I don't think the vaccine is worthwhile. First, if the vaccine isn't formulated for the particular flu strain that appears in any given year, it's likely to be ineffective. It's also a pain in the butt, since it has to be given every year by injection. While this is my personal opinion, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies between 6 and 23 months get a flu shot annually.

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Pediatrician Michel Cohen, M.D., answers questions about your baby.