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Influenza Parent Information Guide
Related Documents:
Flu Guide for Parents ENGLISH
Flu Guide for Parents SPANISH
Influenza Vaccine Information Main Page
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Influenza Parent Information Guide

If Your Child Is Sick

What can I do if my child gets sick?

Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness.

Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids. If your child is 5 years and older without long-term health problems and gets flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed.

Children younger than 5 years – especially those younger than 2 years – and children with certain long-term health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system), are at high risk of serious flu complications. Call your doctor or take your child to the doctor right away if they develop flu symptoms.

What if my child seems very sick?
Even healthy children can get very sick from flu. If your child is experiencing the following emergency warning signs you should go to the emergency room:

Emergency warning signs of flu:

  •   Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  •   Bluish or gray skin color
  •   Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or not making as much urine as they  normally do)
  •   Severe or persistent vomiting
  •   Not waking up or not interacting
  •   Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  •   Flu symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough
  •   Fever with rash

Please read the attached Influenza Parent Information Guides for more information.