Flu Information for Parents with Young Children
Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year flu places a large burden on the health and well-being of children and their families. Annual influenza vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially severe complications in children.
Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine
Information about the danger of flu and flu vaccination recommendations for children and their contacts.
Children and Flu Antiviral Drugs
Information about influenza antiviral drugs; an important treatment option for the flu.
- Questions & Answers: Opening and Mixing Oseltamivir Capsules with Liquids if Child Cannot Swallow Capsules
Protecting Against the Flu: Advice for Caregivers of Young Children
Research has shown that children younger than 5 years of age are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.
Flu and Children with Neurologic Conditions
A guide for parents to help protect children with neurologic conditions from flu.
- Ready Wrigley Prepares for Flu Season Children’s Activity Book [1.60 MB, 20 pages]
- Only Flu Shots This Season [220 KB, 2 Pages, 8.5
The Flu: A Guide for Parents [1.76 MB, 2 pages]
Questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more
Tips for parents and children about the steps and benefits of effective hand washing
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
Explains why antibiotics don’t work for a cold or the flu
Information for Schools & Childcare Providers
Educators and staff can help slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and influenza (flu).
- Coloring Book PDF: “Are you a flu fighter?” English [8.3 MB, 14 pages], “Eres un luchador contra la influenza?” Spanish [4 MB, 14 pages]
Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Influenza
Watch a 1 minute video (MP4 format) about the importance of flu vaccination for children
The Shot by Shot Project-Gigi’s Story
A school teacher and mom gives her testimony about the importance of getting a yearly flu vaccine.
- Page last reviewed: October 10, 2017
- Page last updated: October 10, 2017
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs