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How does flu spread among children?

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The flu spreads quickly in tight quarters, so schools and nurseries tend to be breeding grounds for these viruses. Your child may catch one if he gets close to a sick person who is coughing or sneezing. Or he might handle infected items like doorknobs, pens, pencils, or toys, and then touch his eyes, nose, or mouth.

Children have a higher chance of getting a flu virus, because their immune systems aren’t as developed as adults’.

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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