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Health Information For Parents
The flu (influenza) is a viral infection that usually starts out like a cold, but can cause a more serious illness. Most kids who get the flu get over the infection without any problems. Flu season starts in the late fall and goes through early spring.
Never give aspirin to a child with the flu. Don’t give cough or cold medicine to children under 6 years old (call the doctor first for older kids).
Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.
The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.
Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Knowing the doctor-recommended flu vaccination schedule can be confusing. Use this tool to help you understand how many doses your child needs.
Just about everybody needs a flu shot. Find out more in this article for kids.
Find out when and why kids need to get the flu vaccine.
Which vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.
Here are some quick tips for helping your child get over the flu.
The flu vaccine is usually offered between September and mid-November. Even though it’s best to get it then, being vaccinated later can still help protect against the flu.
Most vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn’t serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.
Doctors recommend that all teens get vaccinated against the flu. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a shot. Here are the facts on flu vaccines.
Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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