• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Flu vaccinations for children — this year’s recommendations

November 16, 2018

close-up of a little girl sick with fever, cold, flu, holding her forehead and having her temperature takenFlu vaccination options for children 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older — ideally given as soon as the vaccine is available each year. This year, you might be able to choose between a flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist.

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