Each year, the influenza virus infects millions of people – many of them children. And some experts are worried that the upcoming flu season will be particularly tough. Children can be easily infected with influenza viruses and they can experience severe illness requiring hospitalization.
Influenza or flu vaccines (commonly called the flu shot) are recommended annually. While it is still possible to get the flu despite getting vaccinated, the symptoms may be less severe. The flu season each year typically starts in October and can last until May, however, cases are usually most common between December and February.
Getting your child vaccinated early in the flu season can help protect them through the winter and spring months.
Recommendations For 2022
Vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone from 6 months of age and up. For most people, this will be a single dose.
This year, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that some children under 8 years old receive two doses of the flu vaccines.
Children between 6 months and 8 years of age should get two doses if:
- It is the first time they are receiving a flu shot.
- They only received one dose prior to July 1, 2022.
- Their vaccination status is not fully known
For children to have the best protection from flu, it is recommended that all members of the household and caregivers are vaccinated.