A member asked:

How do babies get the flu?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Person to person: The flu is spread like any other cold virus, through close contact with an infected person. The flu, however, can have more serious complications than "the common cold." the best way to prevent from getting the flu is to wash your hands well and get vaccinated. If your baby is over 6 months, he or she should be vaccinated, and if under 6 months, all caregivers should get the vaccine.

Answered 9/12/2015


Dr. Ruben Nazario answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Close contact: The flu is passed on from person to person in tiny droplets expelled during coughing and sneezing. Your baby can get the flu if they are in close proximity to another sick child, or if they play with that child's toys or other objects. These droplets can stay in surfaces for a long time, so it is important to frequently clean your baby's hands.

Answered 12/26/2014



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