Month 7 Worry: Should I Give My Baby a Flu Shot?
The most common medical concern for parents of babies this age
What the Docs May Do
When weighing the risks and benefits of the flu vaccine, your pediatrician will probably suggest that the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In fact, some physicians feel strongly enough that they insist parents sign a refusal form when turning down the vaccine. A refusal form documents that the parent has actively decided against giving the vaccine despite knowing the risks and benefits. Infants getting their first flu shot (a child must be older than six months to get a flu shot) need a second shot or booster about one month after the first. Don’t forget to schedule it! (Click here for a personalized Immunization Scheduler.)
In short, a baby with the flu is a miserable baby. And available treatment for a flu-stricken infant is quite limited. Prevention is key.
More 7th Month Health Help
Even the most confident parent has concerns about her child’s health and wellness from time to time. (If you have any pressing concerns or questions about your baby’s health, please check with her healthcare provider.)
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