The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness—and can even lead to death.
See our frequently asked questions for information about flu symptoms, treatment options and prevention.
Guidelines for Parents
You may have heard about rapid flu tests, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that these tests are not very accurate in identifying flu during influenza season.
Children’s no longer uses the rapid flu test in its hospitals and does not recommend you seek out testing at your pediatrician’s office.
If you think your child might have the flu and are wondering whether you should seek medical assistance, use one of the following resources: