Protect Children this Flu Season: Get a Flu Shot!
Flu Can Be Dangerous for Some Children
- Children younger than 6 months old are too young to be vaccinated. The best way to protect an infant from flu is for the expecting mom to get vaccinated during her pregnancy (antibodies are passed from mom to the developing baby) and to make sure others around them are vaccinated. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers.
- Children aged 6 months up to their 5th birthday—even those that are healthy—are at high risk of developing serious flu complications simply because of their age.
- Children aged 6 months through 18 years with certain long-term health problems, such as asthma, diabetes, or neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions also are at high risk for complications from flu if they get sick because of their medical situation.