The influenza vaccine is a safe, essential, every year vaccine for all children over the age of 6 months. In fact, children are at higher risks for complications of influenza. And the good news is we have a vaccines for this! This year there is a new recipe for the flu vaccine. All vaccines for children have 4 strains to protect them against different influenza infections. Two strains for Flu A. And 2 strains for Flu B. And this year the strains against Flu A are new. Which means it’s a different vaccine than last year. And this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control say it’s up to you! You can decide if your child gets a shot or they get the nasal spray if they are over the age of 2. The thing is, influenza is a really serious infection. Sometimes it can be mild. But sometimes it can cause serious complications. And even end a child’s life. In fact, in the United State alone last year, over 130 children died from complications from influenza. So this is really serious stuff. But it’s in your hands. You can help protect yourself and your family by making sure you get your flu vaccine before Halloween.