How can a baby who is too young to receive the vaccination be protected against the flu?

Dr. Lauricella discusses how to protect a baby from the flu. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Because babies younger than 6 months old can’t get the flu vaccine, it’s important that parents, family members, babysitters and other caregivers work together to protect them from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend taking the following steps to protect a baby who can’t yet get the vaccine:

  • Actively take precautions – Try to keep your baby away from sick people. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hand with soap and water frequently. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including countertops, doorknobs, faucet handles and light switches.
  • Consider antiviral drugs – Antiviral drugs (different from antibiotics) can help keep someone from getting sick and also can make a sick person’s symptoms much milder.
  • Get the flu vaccine – Anyone in the household or who will be caring for the baby should get a flu vaccine every year to help make it less likely for the flu to spread.

For more information about how to protect a baby who is too young for the flu shot from the flu.

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