As a parent, safeguarding your child’s health is a top priority. Influenza (the flu) can be very dangerous for children. Their bodies are unable to fight off the flu like adults. Each year, thousands of children are hospitalized, and some children die from this contagious virus.*
When people with the flu cough, sneeze, and talk, droplets from their mouth and nose travel through the air. These droplets can land in the mouths and noses of those that are close by. You can also get the flu by touching something that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
Your child should stay home from school and daycare until they are without fever for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicines. Call your child’s doctor if your child: