Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can be easily spread to others. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headaches, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. Others symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, are much more common among children than adults.
There is a vaccine that prevents the flu. It is recommended because flu can lead to other serious illness and even death in young children. The ideal time to obtain a flu shot is in the fall. Good health habits such as frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and covering your month and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing may also help prevent the spread of illnesses like the flu.
Links from the CDC
- The Flu: A Guide for Parents (in English and other languages, Tri-Fold)
Questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more
- Preventing the Spread of Influenza (the Flu) in Child Care Settings: Guidance for Administrators, Care Providers, and Other Staff
Flu recommendations for schools and child care providers
- Children and the Flu Vaccine
CDC recommendations on which children should get a flu vaccine
- CDC - Schools and the Flu
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