Is it advisable to give a flu shot to a 3-year-old kid to prevent from coronavirus?

Q. Can a flu shot be given to 3-year-old kid as a preventive act from coronavirus?

Answered by
Dr. Payas Joshi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 18, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am asking question on behalf of my niece. My niece is 2.8 years old. Considering the present situation regarding corona virus, can we give a flu shot to her irrespective from her normal vaccination schedule. Also, I want to ask you for a suggestion regarding a travel to do and also meeting a person who came from US. One of her aunt came from US recently, so my sister and my niece were actually planned to meet her but we came to know that she got fever and vomting after she came to India but she told that she is doing fine now but we were in dilemma to send my sister and niece to her in this little confusion kind of period where we do not know what decision to make. So please suggest which you feel good option.



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I understand your concern. Yes, definitely you should give a shot of flu vaccine which will protect from getting infected. It gives protection for a year. Regarding meeting someone having a fever with international travel history, my opinion is you should avoid the meeting and wait at least 2 weeks till no fever and other symptoms.

Thank you doctor,

So can we give a flu shot below 3 years? And regarding meeting her aunt. Her aunt recovered from fever but she looks tired it seems and she will complete 14 days period by tomorrow. So we are thinking to avoid anyway. One last question is, my niece is avoidingrRice item like curd or any kind which includes rice. So what food can we make her eat to make it to substitute rice.



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About flu shot, yes, before three years the dose of flu is 0.25 ml. You can avoid meeting for few more days.

If not taking rice you can give wheat in some form. Which part of country you are from? A balanced diet including cerelas, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals is required for proper growth.

I hope this helps.

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