With COVID-19 spreading this year, it's more important than ever to protect your child
against the flu. Learn all about the flu and how to manage and prevent it.
It can be hard to know if a child has the flu or something else. Video visits make it easy to get a doctor's advice.
How to use telehealth
Is it a cold, the flu, or COVID-19?
Most kids get over the flu without problems, but very young children or kids with health problems can get very sick and need special care.
What to do
Flu care tips
When and where to get medical care
Doctors give some kids prescription medicine, but it's not right for all kids. Most kids can take over-the-counter medicines for fever and pain.
You want your child to feel better fast, but antibiotics won't help. That's because the flu is a virus, and antibiotics only work on bacteria.
Find out which thermometers doctors recommend for the quickest, most accurate readings.
With the coronavirus spreading, flu season will be more complicated this year.
Find out what you can do
Hand-washing and getting the flu vaccine every year are the best ways to protect everyone
from the flu.
To stop the spread of germs — including the flu and the coronavirus — make regular hand washing a rule for everyone.
Every year, there's a new flu vaccine designed to handle that season's viruses. Get your family's shots as soon as you can.
When should my child get a flu shot?
Is it ever too late?
Babies and shots
Doctors recommend flu shots for pregnant women. It protects you, and it also helps protect your baby in the first year of life. But you need to be sure you get the right kind of shot.
Find out more
Yes. A mom's breast milk can protect her baby from the infection that her body is fighting. But you'll need to take some extra care while breastfeeding.
See what to do