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Health Tip: Help Protect Kids from Flu

Health Tip: Help Protect Kids from Flu

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If they’re 6 months or older, have them vaccinated

The immune system of babies and young children is still developing, which puts them at increased risk of getting the flu.

The flu.gov website offers these suggestions for protecting your child from flu’s wrath:

  - Make sure all kids aged 6 months and older get the annual flu vaccine. Children with a chronic health condition are at particularly high risk of getting the flu.
  - For children under 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine, make sure parents are vaccinated. When possible, avoid exposing the child to the flu.
  - If you suspect your child has the flu, contact a pediatrician without delay.