The City encourages all parents to have their children vaccinated by the child’s doctor.
How parents can prepare their children for influenza season
- Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza. All children aged 6 months and older should get vaccinated against seasonal influenza. Some children under age 9 may need 2 doses, 4 weeks apart, for full protection. Ask your doctor what is right for your child.
- Effective January 2014, the New York City Board of Health requires that all children 6 months to five years of age who attend child care or nursery school, Head Start or pre-kindergarten must receive one dose of flu vaccine by December 31st of each year.
* See the Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine (PDF)
- The Health Department urges parents to arrange for child care in advance on the chance their children get sick and need to be home for several consecutive days.
- Teach your children to wash their hands often. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is ideal (roughly the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice).
* See our Wash Your Hands Poster for Kids (PDF)
- Teach your children to keep their hands away from their faces and to avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the inside of an elbow. Cough or sneeze into sleeves—not hands!
* See our Cover Your Cough Poster (Available in 14 languages)