The flu is a serious illness. On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of complications from the flu. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease.
What YOU can do:
Get vaccinated! The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children (and adults) to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for children aged 6 months and older.
Make healthy choices at school and at home that can help prevent the flu and spreading the flu to others.
Children, parents, and staff should take the following everyday preventive actions:
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers
The following are some tips for talking about tragedies with your children from APA, PBS, and psychologist Robin Gurwitch: