Time for Flu Vaccines
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October marks the usual beginning of flu season in the U.S. While it varies from year to year, flu season usually peaks December through March, though cases are often reported as late as May and June.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all individuals over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu (with the exception of those who have specific medical conditions).
Children younger than 6 months should not be vaccinated, but many studies support the finding that babies receive protective immunities from a mother who has had a flu shot during pregnancy that may last for up to six months after birth. Flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women; however, the nasal spray vaccine is not recommended.
For more information on the flu vaccine for parents and children, go to cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm.
Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.