Updated October 4, 2017
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, counter tops, door handles for up to 8 hours. Your kids can pass the flu virus to you before they show symptoms.
Kids under 5 years of age are at greater risk of complications.
The flu vaccine is free for babies 6 months of age and older. For healthy kids ages 2 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).
6 Steps to Staying Healthy this Flu Season
- Get your flu shot early
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes and face
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Do not share drinking cups and utensils
- Clean and disinfect common surface areas like door handles, cell phones, keyboards, etc.
For more information
- Speak with your healthcare professional
- Toronto Public Health Flu Vaccination Clinics 2017
- Use the Ontario flu clinic locator to find a clinic near you
- Flu vaccine for children
- Flu vaccine for adults
- Influenza fact sheet
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Tips to reduce your child's anxiety when getting a needle