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How can I help my child avoid catching flu?

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The best way to protect your son or daughter is to get a flu vaccine every year. The CDC says healthy children 6 months or older should get the shot or the nasal spray. They should not be used in children with compromised immune systems or who are allergic to the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

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