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.

More Information

Children and influenza

For parents with young children

Para padres de niños pequeños

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

La Influenza: Una guia para los padres