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Parents: What You Need to Know this Flu Season

Child getting flu shot.

The flu can be very dangerous for children. CDC estimates that since 2010, between 7,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years of age have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of flu. In past seasons, between 80% and 85% of flu-associated pediatric deaths have occurred in children who had not gotten a flu vaccine that season.

You have the power to protect your child and your family from flu this season by getting vaccinated and making sure everyone in your family 6 months and older gets their yearly flu vaccine too.

This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended for use. The nasal spray vaccine LAIV is NOT recommended for use because of concerns about how well it might work. Learn more about flu vaccine options available for children this season.

Help keep your family healthy this flu season. Fight flu. Get your family vaccinated.

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