Parents & Children

What You Need to Know

  • The flu can be especially serious for children under the age of 5. Each year, thousands of children are hospitalized with the flu, and it can be fatal.
  • Serious flu complications in children include pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections and sinus problems and worsening of existing medical problems like asthma or heart conditions.
  • The CDC recommends the flu shot for children six months or older. Talk to a doctor, nurse or health clinic staff about the flu shot.
  • Children 6 months and older also are recommended to receive the COVID vaccine. RSV vaccination is recommended for infants younger than 8 months, and some children ages 8-19 months with compromised immune systems may need an added dose for full protection.

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Protect Against Respiratory Illness

Children and influenza

For parents with young children

Para padres de niños pequeños