1. Introduction

The flu virus can make you feel awful for up to 2 weeks. That's why doctors recommend that just about everyone get the flu vaccine.

This tool is not intended to replace your doctor's advice. Your doctor can tell you and your parent if you need a shot and how many shots you need to be fully protected. This tool follows an algorithm created by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is offered for informational purposes only.

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