Flu and Kids
Kids get the flu most often. The flu germs are spread mainly by droplets, when people cough, sneeze or talk. The flu germs can live on surfaces like toys, countertops, door handles for up to eight hours. Your kids can pass the flu virus to you before they show symptoms. Kids under five years of age are at greater risk of complications.
The flu vaccine is free for babies six months of age and older. For healthy kids ages two to 17 years of age, parents can choose from two types of flu vaccine. One is given as an injection and another as a nasal spray (where available).