The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. Good health habits may also help protect you against the flu. The resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and stop the spread of germs.
The best time to get vaccinated is October or November. Children six months to 9 years of age getting a flu shot for the first time will need two doses of vaccine the first year they are vaccinated, with the first dose ideally in September. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose. The first dose “primes” the immune system; the second dose provides immune protection. Keep this in mind if your child needs the two doses -begin the process early! It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection to begin.
Because flu viruses change every year, the vaccine is updated annually. So even if you or your children got a flu shot last year, you both still need to get a flu shot this season to be protected. If October and November slip by, and you haven ’t gotten your children or yourself vaccinated, you should get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can occur anytime from November through April, so getting the vaccine in December or later still offers protection in most years.
Visit the CDC’s website for more information:
Contact your child’s physician for help in deciding if the flu vaccine is right for your child.