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Too Sick for School? Flu Facts Every Parent Needs

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Protect Baby by Protecting Yourself

Babies 6 months or younger and many people with health issues are not able to take the flu vaccine. The CDC and most doctors will tell you this is greater reason for those around them to get a flu shot, to avoid catching an illness that could then be passed onto others.

“It’s the best we can do,” Dr. Wu says. “If I can impart partial immunity to my child, I would rather do that than nothing. You don’t want to be scrambling in January or February looking for the flu shot.”

If you decide to get the flu shot, it’s best to get it done early, as it takes two weeks for the body to build immunity afterward. Early shipments are available in August, and the same vaccine is administered through the year.