Does your child need more than one flu shot this year?

Does your child need more than one flu shot this year?

Ahead of an intense flu season, the American Academy of Pediatrics on Tuesday urged parents to make sure their children get vaccinated against the flu this fall, saying some children get more than one flu. Shots may be required.

The recommendation that some children need two flu shots is not new, but experts say it is especially important two years after the Covid pandemic. Children ages 6 months to 8 years who have either never received a flu shot or who have only ever had one flu shot should get two, one month apart this year for maximum protection.

The recommendation comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has recommended this strategy since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Last month, the agency reminded parents that some children may need a second shot.

Experts said this strategy could have an even greater impact during the 2022-2023 flu season, as the number of children receiving flu shots and other recommended vaccines has slowed in recent years. Buddy Creech, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said the spread of the flu dropped sharply after the pandemic began - possibly because of social distancing measures.