Sickle Cell & Flu Shots: Facts You Don’t Know

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Common illnesses, like the flu, can quickly become dangerous, especially for a person with sickle cell disease. Studies have shown that people with sickle cell disease, especially children, are more likely to have flu complications that result in hospitalization and occasionally even death.

So what can you do to help protect yourself and your family?

Get a flu shot! The flu shot is recommended yearly for everyone 6 months of age and older. People with sickle cell disease should get the flu shot, and not FluMist nasal spray.

Parents shouldn’t worry: the seasonal flu shot does not increase the risk of hospitalization for sickle cell crisis among children who have the condition.