Should my one year old get his flu shot at the same time as other vaccinations or should we space them out? I read an article that talks about GB syndrome when getting the flu shot in conjunction with other vaccinations.
It is safe to receive a flu shot at the same time a child receives other vaccines. Generally, the nasal spray can be given with other vaccines as well. However, after administraion of a live vaccine (such as the flu nasal spray, MMR, or chicken pox vaccine), at least 4 weeks should pass before another live vaccine is administered. It is not fully kinown what causes GBS. It has been associated with diarrheal illness, lung or sinus illness and mostly notably in 1976, when there was a small increased chance of GBS assocaited with the swine flu vaccine (about 1 more case per 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.) Since then, no other flu vaccinations have been shown to increase the risk of GBS.