Soirée Kids: Flu Shots for Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Kaitlin Cockerell shares what you need to know.

Why is it important to get a flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While we are still in the COVID-19 pandemic, the flu is also a contagious respiratory virus that can cause serious illness and sometimes even death in children. Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, many hospitals are struggling with bed shortages, so it’s especially important to minimize avoidable hospitalizations.

Can kids get the flu shot and the COVID-19 shot at the same time?

Yes, children 12 or older can receive the flu vaccine (or any other needed immunization) and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. However, the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently FDA-approved for children younger than 12 years of age.

Why didn’t we see as many flu cases last year?

There were very few flu cases last year due to masking and distancing guidelines in place during that time. Now that masks are no longer mandated (although still recommended) and with the return of in-person activities, it is important your child receives the flu vaccine for protection from influenza.

Call to schedule your child’s flu shot appointment today.

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Little Rock, AR 72202

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