Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

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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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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