Infants, Young Kids, and Flu Shots: Booster or not?
Does my child need a booster flu shot (2nd shot) or just one?
- Some children 6 months to 8 years old require two doses of flu vaccine for adequate protection from flu. Children in this age group getting vaccinated for the first time, and those who have only previously gotten one dose of vaccine, should get two doses of vaccine this season—spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Your child’s health care provider can tell you if your child needs two doses.
- If your child needs the two doses, begin the process early. This will ensure that your child is protected before flu starts circulating in your community.
- Be sure to get your child a second dose if they need one. It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection against flu to begin.