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Spread fun, not flu

Spread fun, not flu

Kids of any age can get seriously sick from the flu – and they can spread it to friends, family, and others.

Protect your family and yourself 

  • Make sure your entire family gets the flu vaccination every year
  • Clean your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Take the day off if you’re sick

Everyone age 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Ask your doctor about getting a flu vaccination, and have those you care about get theirs too.

Schedule your child's flu shot

You can schedule your child's flu shot at your Children's Hospital of Wisconsin clinic, or at any of our primary care clinics.

  • Your child should be healthy
  • Your child will only receive the flu shot; no other vaccines can be given at this time
  • Your child will receive the flu shot unless FluMist is available and requested by a parent/guardian
  • Your child will be seen by a nurse, not a provider

Flu shot availability is seasonal, generally starting mid- to late-September. If you do not see appointments, please check back soon.

Is FluMist® available this year?

FluMist was previously unavailable because it did not protect against one type of flu virus. Testing suggests that it should work better this year, but it has not been used yet during a flu season in the United States. Some children should not get the FluMist because of age, certain health conditions, or other reasons. Most of these people should get the flu shot instead. Your health care provider can help you decide what's most appropriate for your child.

Learn more about FluMist

What is Influenza “flu”?

  • Influenza (or “flu”) is a respiratory illness with high fever, cough, headaches, body aches, chills, and congestion
  • It lasts five to seven days and is very contagious
  • The flu is a very serious illness. Young infants, children with other illnesses, pregnant women and the elderly are at high risk for severe influenza. It can be fatal, even to healthy children.

Influenza is NOT a stomach illness

  • Stomach illness with vomiting and diarrhea is commonly called the “stomach flu” – but this is not the same as influenza

Influenza vaccines are safe and effective

  • The vaccine has been studied extensively, is safe and is recommended for almost everyone over 6 months of age
  • The vaccine won’t give you the flu
  • The coverage will help protect you the entire season, so get the vaccine as soon as it’s available
  • It is also strongly recommended to get the vaccine if you are pregnant to protect yourself and your baby

It’s important to get the flu vaccine every year

  • Each season’s flu strains are different from the previous seasons’ strains. Illness or immunization from last season will not offer protection for the upcoming season.
  • It’s important to schedule your flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine is available in your area so that you are protected before the flu season begins

Schedule a flu shot

You can schedule a flu shot for your children at any of our primary care clinics.