Everyone 6 months of age and older in your family should get the flu shot. It’s always important to protect your family from the flu. But during the pandemic, there are extra reasons. Doctor’s offices, hospitals, and urgent care centers will likely be busy caring for many people with COVID-19 this flu season. Preventing flu in your family will help you avoid needing medical care when health care providers are under so much strain. Also, some health experts worry that people who get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time might have a more serious illness.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter wants families to know that pediatricians’ offices are open, safe, and ready to see children for well-child visits, vaccinations (including flu shots), and other children’s health issues.

Call your pediatrician with any questions you may have, and make an appointment.