Children and the Flu

Parents and caretakers of children, especially those under five, need to be aware of the dangers of the flu. Highly contagious and more dangerous than the common cold, the flu infects millions of children every year. Children with serious health problems like asthma, diabetes, neurological and immune system disorders are especially vulnerable to infection.

Fortunately, there is a safe and reliable way to protect your children.

Different Shots, Same Result

There are several types of flu and each has a vaccine to protect against it. Which vaccine your child receives depends on their age and what strains of flu are predicted to be active this year. Healthcare providers at AdvantageCare Physicians will know what vaccines are right for your child.

The Flu Shot

Getting your child a flu shot is the best way to protect them from infection. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. Parents should be aware of the following CDC recommendations:
  • Children six months through eight years old should get two doses of the vaccine if it’s their first time. The first dose acts a “primer” for the immune system, while the second dose provides protection. Children who only take one dose but need two may have reduced or no protection from the flu.
  • The first dose should be taken as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
  • The second dose should be taken at least 28 days after the first dose.

To schedule a flu shot with one of our nurses,
please call 1-646-680-4227 or log in to MyACPNY >