Pregnant women and children younger than 5 years old are at high risk of serious flu-related complications. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with the flu or COVID-19. While getting the flu shot is the most important step in protecting against the flu, children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu vaccine; therefore, protecting them from the flu is especially important.
CDC's Influenza page contains everything the public needs to know about influenza (flu), including a Flu Vaccine Finder that assists people in finding a flu clinic in their area, and contains links to free resources for printing and distribution. This site is also available in Spanish.
Protecting Against Influenza: Advice for Caregivers of Children Less than 6 Months Old Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Provides advice on how to prevent the flu in young children, including how to prevent spreading the flu from a caregiver who gets the flu.
The Flu Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides information on the flu, flu season, symptoms, and treatment as well as prevention, including the flu vaccine and other advice and resources.
Pregnant Women and Influenza Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Provides information on the flu shot during pregnancy, other prevention actions, treatment and when to seek emergency medical care as well as an infographic and fact sheet. This site is also available in Spanish.
In addition to flu vaccinations, routine immunizations are also important. Browse WIC Works immunization resources for information about age specific recommendations.