The flu is common but often unpredictable, and one of the best ways to keep your family healthy is to stay up to date on your annual flu vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends the vaccine for children 6 months and older. It takes around two weeks after receiving the vaccine to build up protective antibodies that fight the virus, so it's important to get immunized early in the season—ideally no later than October. There are a lot of misconceptions about the flu vaccine, so make sure you know the difference between the myths and the facts.
Find facilities that offer the flu vaccine using the Healthmap Vaccine Finder.
To treat flu symptoms such as fever and body aches, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used.Do not use aspirin, aspirin-containing products, or cough and cold medicines. Be mindful of using other over-the-counter medicines that also contain acetaminophen, as too much can be fatal.