According to the CDC, kids between the ages of 6 months and 8 years that haven’t ever received a flu vaccine are supposed to get two doses their first time around, and these doses should be given a month (or more) apart. The problem is that most kids haven’t been getting their second dose… According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, only 29% of kids between the ages of six months and two years got their second dose of the trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) during the 2003-2004 flu season. And the compliance rate was even worse for 2 to 8 year olds, with just 12% of kids getting their second dose. The whole point of the second dose is that it helps to elicit the antibody response, and thus both doses should be given before the onset of flu season. If your kids got a flu shot for the first time this fall, and they fall between the ages of six months and eight year old, then be sure to get them in for that second shot — it’s not too late (yet).