The Flu (Influenza)
It's always important to protect your family from the flu. Learn all about the flu and how to manage and prevent it.
Does My Child Have the Flu?
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.
Treating the Flu
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.
Medicines for the Flu
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.
Antibiotics Don't Help With the Flu
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.
How to Take Your Child's Temperature
Find out which thermometers doctors recommend for the quickest, most accurate readings.
Protect Your Child Against the Flu
Find out what you can do to keep your kids healthy during flu season..
Flu Symptoms: Find Out When to Call the Doctor
Preventing the Flu
Washing hands well and often 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 kids get flu shots?
Flu and Babies
Doctors recommend flu shots for pregnant women. It protects you, and it also helps protect your baby in the first year of life.
Yes. A mom's breast milk can protect her baby from the infection that her body is fighting. But take some extra care while breastfeeding.