Seasonal flu refers to common flu viruses that typically emerge between November/December and March/April, which is known as “flu season.” For infants and children, vaccine and medication use for preventing/treating seasonal flu differs from vaccine and medication use specific to H1N1 flu. For more information on H1N1 flu, please see the Current H1N1 Flu Information.
The CDC explains why seasonal flu can be dangerous to children on its Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm.
In addition, infants, children, and adolescents should not receive aspirin to treat symptoms of the flu because of the risk for Reye’s syndrome.
The information below should not be considered a substitute for advice from your child’s health care provider. He or she is in the best position to provide specific health recommendations for your child.
For more information on H1N1 flu, please see the Current H1N1 Flu Information.
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