Generally, we advise nannies to get flu shots.

Flu vaccines can provide protection against infection from influenza. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. While every flu season is different, millions of people get the flu every year and hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized each year.

Even if coming down with the flu doesn’t require hospitalization, people who get the flu are typically not able to work for several days. Furthermore, since nannies are in close proximity to young children whose immune systems are not as fully-developed as those of adults, it might be easier for a nanny who contracts the flu to pass this infection along to the children for whom they’re caring.

That is obviously not an ideal situation for either the nanny or the family.

Very often, families that employ a nanny will pay for their nanny to get a flu shot if the nanny doesn’t already have one before starting the job. Each year, the flu shot changes, and so it’s a good idea to get a new shot annually.