2021 Flu Season
Starting September 21st, flu shot appointments will be available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Kids (and adults) should get a flu vaccination every year.
The flu vaccine becomes less effective over time, so the shot your child got last year will no longer do a good job protecting them.
There are often several different versions of the flu going around, and last year’s shot may not cover all of them. This year’s vaccine covers four flu strains, and three of the four strains were not in last year’s flu vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children get vaccinated for the flu in September or October. Flu season starts as early as October – but it takes a few weeks for a vaccine to do its work in the body to create immunity. By getting a flu shot sooner, your child’s immune defenses can be in place before the flu becomes widespread in the community.
If it is your child's first flu shot, and they’re under age 8: Children typically receive their first flu shot when they’re about 6 months old, but even if your child is up to age 8 and it’s their first time, they’ll need a second dose about four weeks later. This is because young kids’ immune systems don’t respond to vaccines in the same way as older kids and adults. The first flu shot “primes” their immune system, and the second shot helps it actually develop the antibodies it needs to fight off the virus. (For the same reason, if your child is under age 8 and only previously received one dose of flu vaccines, they should get two doses of vaccine.)
The CDC does not anticipate any flu shot shortages this year, but appointment schedules fill up quickly. Plan ahead!
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