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Flu Season: Tips for Staying Healthy

Get a flu shot

  • Everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine each fall.
  • Some children under 9 years old need 2 doses. Ask your child’s healthcare provider for more information.

How to 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 from work or school if you have symptoms of the flu.

Flu symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Treating the flu


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 you child has the flu, Children’s Mercy urgent care locations are conveniently located throughout the Kansas City area and staffed exclusively by pediatric specialist. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, noon – 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Go to the emergency room if your child is experiencing severe flu symptoms and call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Nurse advice line


If you have questions about the flu or symptoms, please call the Children's Mercy nurse advice line at (816) 234-3188.

Additional flu resources