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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Hand Washing

To stop the spread of germs — including the flu and the coronavirus — make regular hand washing a rule for everyone.

See how

Flu Vaccine 

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?

Too late for a flu shot?

Comforting babies during 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.

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  • 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.

    What to do