Should I get the flu shot if I am going to take care of my nephew in January?

"I am 62. I will be taking care of my nephew in Jan 2010, who will be 6 months. Should I get a shot? I am very afraid of getting sick from the shot."

Asked by Ann after reading the article, "Fear of the Flu Shot?"
In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Nov 2, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Aunt:

Yes, I would recommend that you speak to your physician about getting the H1N1 and the seasonal flu vaccine. First, any caretaker of a child six months or under is the second priority of vaccine H1N1 after pregnant women. Second, I would recommend that a seasonal flu vaccine is important to any of use as adults.  Good luck with the baby sitting.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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