Children, especially those under the age of five, are at greater risk of developing complications from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months -- and especially children under five and children with chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes -- be vaccinated. They also recommend that anyone between the ages of 6 months and 8 years who did not receive a seasonal flu vaccine last year receive two doses this year to ensure that the vaccine will be effective.
Anyone who will be caring for or coming in contact with your children should also receive the vaccine -- including parents, babysitters, grandparents, and other family members. In addition, everyone in your family should follow these steps to keep germs at bay:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Keep hands away from eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Steer clear of anyone who is sick.
- Urge loved ones and friends to stay home if they come down with the flu.