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