Q – My baby is 4 1/2 months old. I didn’t give her the flu shot this year and she became quite sick, can I still do it or should I wait till next year? How old does she need to be to receive one?

A – As a general rule we would give flu shots to babies that are 6 months to 2 years old.  Prior to 6 months there is no evidence that the baby will develop the immunity we want by giving the flu shot.  You could give it to your baby once she is 6 months and it would protect her for what is left of the flu season.

Dr. Linda Ducholke, a mother of two, has been a successful Family Practitioner with Obstetrical privileges for the past 20 years. The main focus and passion of her practice is obstetrics and childcare.