Children and the Flu

Children and the Flu

Flu season begins in October and typically lasts until March or April. Common symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, chills, runny nose, cough and sore throat. The following preventive measures could lessen the risk of infection:

  • Get the flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with the sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Try not to touch your nose mouth or eyes
  • Stay home if you feel ill

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?

Despite heavy recommendations from physicians to get vaccinated, each year 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized with flu-related complications. Those who receive the vaccine are 60 percent less likely to develop this illness.

Highly encouraged to get the vaccine are children who are 6 months and older with a chronic health condition like asthma or diabetes, the elderly and caregivers to children 5 years or older. Patients who receive the vaccine may experience mild symptoms like soreness at the injection area, headaches and fever.

Where Can I Get the Vaccine?

BayCare is proud to offer a comprehensive range of assistance programs for children and families to help prevent the spread of influenza. To find out where you can get a flu vaccine in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Winter Haven, Riverview, Plant City, Safety Harbor, Brandon and the surrounding areas, call (888) 487-0183 or find a doctor near you.