Influenza is more dangerous than the common cold. In the 2013-2014 flu season, more than 100 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported. Each year 20,000 children under the age of 5 years are hospitalized from influenza complications with children younger than 2 years old having the most severe cases. The best protection against this tragedy is getting vaccinated.
Nasal sprays are available adn recommended for children ages 2-8 years of age, but the influenza shots are as available for all age groups. Visit the CDC for more information on safety and concerns regarding flu vaccines. You can take a look at the world epidemics, the science behind vaccinations, and the risks of opting out by clicking the PBS site below.