If your baby has an older brother or sister, they’re twice as likely as only children to be hospitalized due to the flu.
If they have more than one sibling, they’re 3 times more likely to end up in the hospital.
Babies born between July and December are extremely young at the onset of the flu season and this timing leaves them unprotected against disease.
Pregnant mothers should consult with their doctor about getting the flu shot to give their babies at least some protection.
Because children are “effective spreaders” of respiratory infections and can pass viruses off to the vulnerable baby, it’s imperative that siblings get a flu shot every year because vaccinations aren’t available to children younger than six months. Babies and young children develop lung infections quickly, leading to high fevers and seizures. Be prepared!
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