Viruses, Vaccines and Treatments
During fall, winter and early spring, illnesses like flu, RSV, COVID-19 and colds are easily passed from person to person. It can feel like someone is almost always sick in a household with young children. This time of year is often called viral season, and it starts when temperatures cool and people spend more time inside in close contact. While viruses can spread more easily at this time of year, they do cause illness all year long.
Help keep your family and community well throughout the year by preventing the spread of viruses with immunizations, handwashing and other behaviors, like avoiding people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, avoiding sharing personal items, and cleaning surfaces often.
Activities for Children Sick at Home provides ideas for keeping your child entertained when they are stuck at home due to illness.
- Acetaminophen Dosing Tables for Fever and Pain in Children
- Colds (0-12 Months)
- Cough (0-12 Months)
- Coughs: Meds or Home Remedies?
- COVID-19 Diagnosed or Suspected
- COVID-19 Exposure, But No Symptoms
- COVID-19 or Influenza - How to Tell
- Diarrhea (0-12 Months)
- Diarrhea Diseases from Travel
- Enterovirus D68
- Eye - Red Without Pus
- Fever (0-12 Months)
- Fever - How to Take a Temperature (0-12 Months)
- Fever - Myths Versus Facts
- Fifth Disease-Viral Rash
- Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease-Viral Rash
- Ibuprofen Dosing Table for Fever and Pain
- Infection Exposure Questions
- Lymph Nodes - Swollen
- Myocarditis and Pericarditis
- Rash or Redness – Widespread
- Safe Medicine Storage and Disposal to Prevent Misuse
- Viral Hepatitis
- Vomiting (0-12 Months)
- Vomiting With Diarrhea
- Vomiting Without Diarrhea