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When should my daughter get a flu vaccine?

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Published At October 8, 2017
Reviewed AtMay 23, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My daughter is seven and a half years old and weighs around 17.6 pounds. Overall, she is fine as per the latest check-up. After six months of breastfeeding, she was started on solid foods as per the following schedule: 8 AM to 9 AM - Cerelac wheat, 12 PM to 1 PM - rice, lentils, vegetable, 4 PM to 5 PM - fruit juice (orange or pomegranate) or smashed banana and crackers 7 to 8 PM - flat bread, lentils, vegetable. After a month, she will start taking fish. I request your help regarding a couple of issues. She is extremely reluctant to take any fruit juice or banana, although she is too comfortable with the cookies or crackers. If we try to give her the juice, she cries to the extent that everybody at home gets afraid and finally gives up. Is there a way to make her take juices? Although her gum was quite hard from the age of six months, no tooth has come out yet. If she does not develop a tooth even after completing eight months, is this a matter of concern?

Answered by Dr. Preeti Puranik


Welcome to icliniq.com.

If she does not take fruits, please do not force her. Try some dishes with other fruits like boiled and crushed apples, mashed musk melon, etc. The taste keeps changing. Hence, if she refuses anything, you can retry again after two weeks. Wheat is to be given after the completion of 9 months. Fish, egg, non-veg, and nuts are to be given only after completion of 1 year. Egg yellow can be given after nine months. About teething, if she gets one tooth by one year, also it is alright. If not, please consult a pedodontist.

Patient's Query

Thank you, doctor,

I have a few questions regarding vaccination. Should we give a flu vaccine to our daughter in two months? The doctor said that it could be given either during the monsoon or winter. My son's age is two years and ten months. He received two doses of influenza vaccine during winter (the second dose given a month apart from the first) for the past two years. Should we continue that or give him the single dosage this winter? Till what age should he continue?

Answered by Dr. Preeti Puranik


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The flu vaccine is given at the onset of a monsoon or winter season. It is mostly given during the monsoon season, as the new stock for that year arrives at that time.

The first time, two doses are given a month apart. Later, it has to be given every year. The protection lasts only for a year. As there are regular outbreaks every year, it is better to take and continue till protection is required.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Preeti Puranik
Dr. Preeti Puranik


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