Parents and Guardians

To protect against influenza (flu), the most important thing you can do is get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child every year. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

Resources below include information in English and Spanish and real stories about flu to help you understand the importance of annual flu vaccination to help prevent this serious disease.

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Parents and Guardians

Resources

Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):Talking to Children about Flu

Are You That Guy?

NFID public service announcement (:30 animated video) developed to create awareness about influenza prevention

Children, the Flu, and Flu Vaccine

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Keeping Flu Out of School (10/18/15)

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): Printable blog post sharing effective techniques in preventing influenza infection to keep flu out of school

Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza: Also Known as the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact Sheet

La influenza (gripe) y la vacuna que la previene (Spanish)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hoja informativa para los padres

Parents PACK Newsletter

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Parents PACK is a monthly e-newsletter for anyone who wants information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Each issue provides timely vaccine information, a feature article, vaccine questions and answers, information about immunizations around the world and a trivia question.

Spanish - La influenza y usted (The flu and you)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Stories From Our Community (English)

Families Fighting Flu

Stories From Our Community (Spanish)

Families Fighting Flu

Together We Can Help Keep Flu out of School (11/4/15)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Printable blog post from Dr. Angela Campbell on the importance of working together to prevent the spread of flu in schools

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): It's easier than ever to get health information. But sometimes, it’s difficult to weed out the "good" information, which is scientifically accurate, from the "bad" information, which is not based on science. This is especially true for vaccines. In a continued effort to provide the public with information about the science, safety and importance of vaccines, the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) created an app called Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know so busy parents can access the information wherever and whenever they need it.