The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It helps keep kids and parents from getting sick from the flu. Getting the flu is worse than having a cold, and can make a person sick for a week or more. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated before the start of each flu season, with very few exceptions. Some people are more likely to get health problems from the flu, such as the elderly, pregnant women, infants, and people with medical conditions like asthma or diabetes. Getting a flu vaccine is especially important for them and for those who live with them. Babies younger than 6 months can't get the vaccine. But they will be protected if their parents, other caregivers, and older kids in the household get it. This is important because infants who get the flu are more likely to have serious problems than older kids. Some things might prevent a person from getting the flu vaccine. Talk to your doctor to see if the vaccine is still recommended if your child: has ever had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine has had Guillain-Barré syndrome In the past, people with an egg allergy had to check with their doctor about whether the flu vaccine was OK for them because it's grown inside eggs. But health experts now say that the amount of egg protein in the vaccine is so tiny that it's safe even for kids with a severe egg allergy. Still, someone with an egg allergy should get the flu vaccine in a doctor's office, not at a supermarket, drugstore, or other venue. Back to Articles Related Articles The Flu (Influenza) Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and are worse than the sneezing and stuffiness of a cold. The flu is very contagious. Find out what to do in this article for parents. Read More Your Child's Immunizations: Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot) Find out when and why kids need to get the flu vaccine. Read More How Many Doses of Flu Vaccine Does My Child Need? Knowing the doctor-recommended flu vaccination schedule can be confusing. Use this tool to help you understand how many doses your child needs. Read More Flu Center Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself. Read More Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19? Your child has a sore throat, cough, and a high fever. Is it COVID-19? Could it be the flu? Or just a cold? Here are tips on what to look for, and what to do. Read More Immunization Schedule Which vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference. Read More Tips for Treating the Flu Here are some quick tips for helping your child get over the flu. Read More Flu Center The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus. Read More Flu Center Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms. Read More First Aid: The Flu Telltale signs of the flu include a sore throat, body aches and fever. Here's what to do if your child has the flu. Read More A Kid's Guide to Shots If you're old enough to read this, you've probably had most of your shots. But even bigger kids may need a shot once in a while. Find out more about them in this article for kids. Read More 5 Ways to Fight the Flu Get tips for fending off the flu in this article for teens. Read More 5 Tips for Surviving Shots If you're afraid of shots, you're not alone. Next time your doc asks you to roll up your sleeve, try these tips. Read More Who Needs a Flu Shot? Just about everybody needs a flu shot. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Too Late for the Flu Vaccine? It's best to get the flu vaccine early in flu season, so the body can make antibodies that protect it from the flu. But getting it later is better than not getting it at all. Read More The Flu Vaccine Doctors recommend that all teens get vaccinated against the flu. Here are the facts on flu vaccines. Read More Common Questions About Immunizations Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't. Read More The Flu: Stop the Spread Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.