The Pediatric Care Center is committed to keeping you informed of the current trends and issues affecting your child's health. The Top Topics page lists the most common concerns right now, including common illnesses, viruses and epidemics. We want everyone to feel comfortable with what's going on with their families and their children, so check these pages frequently for updates
What Is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)?
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in children. The virus usually causes a common cold. But sometimes it infects the lungs and breathing passages and can cause breathing problems in infants and young children.
What Are the Signs of the Flu?
In most people, the flu causes a fever, body aches, and other cold-like symptoms. A person who has the flu will sleep a lot and feel sick, but will get better in a week.
But the flu, also called influenza (say: in-floo-EN-zuh), can make some people really sick. They may even need to go to the hospital. That's why a flu vaccine is recommended for just about everyone.
Is it OK to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine at the Same Time as the Flu Vaccine?
All kids 6 months of age and older should get both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are available in their communities. All kids 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster dose. Some kids might get more than one booster shot.