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Seasonal Influenza aka "the flu"

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Children and the flu

Children and the flu

Did you know that children aged 5-9 have the highest rates of flu?

  • In addition, children under 5 (especially those under 2) are at a higher risk of complications from the flu.
  • Flu related complications may include:
    • Pneumonia
    • Dehydration
    • Ear infections
    • In rare cases, death.
  • Children with chronic health conditions are at especially high risk for these complications.

The best way to protect your family from the flu is to get the flu vaccine

  • Children between 6 months and 9 years of age require two doses of influenza vaccine at least one month apart if they have never been vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine.
  • The two doses of seasonal influenza vaccine help the child’s body develop strong protection against influenza

Children 6 months of age and older can received the flu vaccine at:

  • Doctors office
  • Walk in clinics
  • Children over 5 can also receive the flu vaccine at participating pharmacies

If you do not have OHIP or a health care provider, please call 1-800-841-2729 to speak with a public health nurse.