Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness.
If your child is 5 years or older and does not have other health problems and gets flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.
If your child is younger than 5 years (and especially younger than 2 years) or of any age with a pre-existing health condition (like asthma, a neurological condition, a heart condition or diabetes) and develops flu-like symptoms, they may be at risk for serious complications from the flu. Ask your GP if your child should be examined.
Sometimes even children who have always been healthy before can get a severe case of flu.
Take your child to a doctor right away or call for an ambulance if your child has any of the warning signs:
No. If your child is sick, they should stay home to rest and avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers.
Keep your child home from school or day care for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. A fever means a temperature of 37.5°Celsius or higher, as measured with a thermometer. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, like paracetamol.