Flu Vaccine FAQs

Children’s Community Pediatrics (CCP), in accordance with the CDC, recommends that all children ages six months and older receive the flu vaccine this season. This helps protect your children and those around them from becoming infected. Flu shots are provided to our patients on a first-come, first-served basis so contact your office for more information today.

To learn more about the flu vaccine, read our frequently asked questions below.

About the Flu Vaccine

If my child has an egg allergy, can they receive the flu vaccine?

Egg allergic patients can safely be given influenza vaccine at the pediatrician’s office. The only exception would be if there was a reaction to the flu vaccine in the past. Please see the CDC recommendations.

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infections can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During flu season – typically October through May, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the United States. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

How do flu vaccines work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?

A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.

Does flu vaccine work right away?

No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.