Staying Healthy During Flu Season
- Everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine each Fall
children under 9 years old need 2 doses (ask your child’s healthcare
Avoid spreading germs
- Wash hands
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home if you have the flu
- Muscle or body aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Young children are more likely to experience complications from the flu ranging from sinus infections to more serious complications like pneumonia. Prescription antiviral drugs can be used to treat the flu and help prevent serious complications in those that are high-risk or very ill. It is best to start taking antivirals within 2 days of feeling sick.
Children's Mercy Urgent Care
If you think your child has the flu, Children's Mercy Urgent Care locations are conveniently located throughout the Kansas City area and staffed exclusively by pediatric specialists. Hours of operation are Noon – 10 p.m. daily, with walk-in services only.
Go to the ER if your child is experiencing severe flu symptoms and call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.