The flu often comes on quickly and can cause mild to severe illness.
Common symptoms include:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches and chills
- fatigue (feeling tired)
- some may have vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
Children under 5 years old are at a higher risk for serious flu-related complications.
The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year.
- the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine
- children should be vaccinated every flu season
Other ways to protect children from flu sickness include:
- wash hands often with soap and water
- stay away from people who are sick
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth - this is how germs are spread
- clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs
For more information on flu: www.cdc.gov/flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO
https://go.usa.gov/xnpSC (Emergency Warning Signs of Flu Sickness)