The flu is particularly dangerous to kids under 5. If your child is over the age of six months, make sure he or she gets the flu vaccine.
For the first time, U.S. health officials are recommending that all children over the age of six months get the flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is especially dangerous to children under the age of 5. Children with chronic health problems like asthma and diabetes are at an even higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Because of the H1N1 pandemic last year, child mortality rates were nearly three times higher than any other flu season. Luckily, this year’s flu vaccine protects against the 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses. Take care of yourself and your little ones by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.