Children don't get flu, do they?
Yes they do – but it can be quite difficult to spot, especially in younger children.
Young children with flu will not have the energy to play, and will sleep or want to sleep far more than normal.1
While they will have many of the same symptoms as adults, children with flu are more likely to have vomiting, diarrhoea, earache, and sore, red eyes.
Things to remember
Symptoms come on very quickly
Symptoms may last for over a week
Isn’t flu just a bad cold?
No – flu and a cold are caused by different viruses and flu is much more severe.2
If you are unsure whether your child’s symptoms are flu and need advice, speak to your doctor or nurse.
In a nutshell, colds come on gradually and are usually mild, letting you get on with life, flu comes on very quickly, causes fever and sore muscles, and normally makes you so ill or exhausted that you have to stay in bed.2
- Caring for kids – Influenza in children. Available at: www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/influenza_in_children (Last accessed August 2017)
- Boots Web MD. Flu guide: What is flu? Available at: http://www.webmd.boots.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/what-is-flu (Last accessed August 2017)
- Department of Health. The flu vaccination winter 2017 to 2018: who should have it and why. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/618591/Flu_vaccination__A5_booklet.pdf (Last accessed: August 2017)