What's Different About This Year's Flu Shot?

Last year, your kid probably had to get two flu shots. This year, he’ll need just one. (I'm totally grateful for this, because it means less waiting in the doctor's office armed with a container of fish crackers, trying to keep my toddler tantrum-less. Wahoo!) According to the new guidelines, it's not just kids who should be immunized -- everyone who cares for a child under 5, pregnant women and those who have certain health conditions should get poked, too. (See more info here.) So make an appointment with your doctor, too, Mom. The influenza vaccine should be taken yearly.

The new shot, which is already available in many drug stores, is an all-in-one combo. It builds immunity against swine flu (H1N1) plus two other kinds of influenza (which, by the way, is nothing to worry about -- there have long been multiple strains included in one shot).

Be sure to talk to your pediatrician, since there are some exceptions: anyone under 9 getting their first-ever flu vaccine will need two shots, about a month apart. And babies under 6 months old shouldn't receive the flu vaccine.

Do you plan on getting the flu shot this year? Chime in below!

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