How old does a child need to be before they can receive a flu vaccination?

Infants must be 6 months old before they are able to get a flu vaccine, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

It is recommended that everyone older than 6 months old get a flu vaccine. Children between 6 months and 2 years old should get the shot, and after 2 years of age, there is an option of the flu shot or a nasal spray vaccine, according to the HHS.

Talk with your physician for more information about how old a child needs to be to get a flu vaccine.

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