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How do I protect my child from the flu?

The flu season is upon us, and parents are looking for practical advice on how to keep their children safe and protected from the virus.

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Flu.gov has a number of helpful tips on what parents can do to keep their kids healthy and happy this season:

  • Children 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine.
  • The nasal spray vaccine is recommended for healthy children 2-8 years old when it is available, as it may provide better protection for younger children.
  • Children younger than 6 months cannot get the flu vaccine. Get vaccinated yourself and follow our prevention tips to keep them healthy.
  • Parents and caregivers of children younger than 5 or with chronic health conditions should get the flu vaccine.
  • If your child is younger than 5 or has any chronic health conditions and experiences flu-like symptoms contact a health care provider as soon as possible.

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