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Should your baby have a flu shot?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flu season is coming, time to get your flu shot. But what about your baby, or young child? Should they get a shot?

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics says all children over six months old should get a shot. Dr. Stacy Evans says it's especially important for children who attend crowded day cares or schools, or whose parents work in the medical field.

He said, "I am much more likely to recommend the flu shot for a younger child, a little more strongly, than for an older child, just because sometimes younger kids are a lot sicker when they get the flu and also we can't use some of those medications in those children when they do get flu."

Dr. Evans says children with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions definitely need a flu shot. He says major side effects are rare, but if you're worried, call your pediatrician and talk it over.

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