How to protect your children from getting sick with the flu

Hi, it’s Dr Margie.

Last year’s flu season was one of our worst on record. Only about five per cent of healthy kids got the flu vaccine, yet over half of children admitted to hospital were completely healthy before they caught the flu.

The great news is that this year the flu vaccine is free for children aged from six months to under five years old. Protect your family and get vaccinated so that together, we can keep the flu away.

For more information on the flu please visit the RCH Kids Health Info fact sheet on influenza. 

Please note: Dr Margie is no longer monitoring questions on this blog. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice. 

3 comments for “How to protect your children from getting sick with the flu”

  1. Greg Mead`

    What are the side effects of 18 month immunization and flu shot

    • RCH Communications Team

      Hi Greg. You can read more on the flu vaccine in our Kids Health Info fact sheet link above. Side effects of the vaccine include pain and redness at the site of injection. Less commonly, children may develop a fever or aches and pains, which last one to two days. Thank you.

  2. Greg Mead`

    Is fever common with the 18 month standard immunization

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