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Give Your Kids a Shot to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Each year, tens of thousands of kids are hospitalized due to the flu. In fact, during the 2019-2020 flu season, more than 52,000 hospitalizations occurred in kids.[1] It’s important to remember even healthy kids of any age can get seriously sick from the flu, and they can spread it to family, friends and others. The best way to keep your kids and teens healthy is by ensuring they receive the annual flu vaccine. With Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) your kids can receive a free flu vaccine as well as access to essential medical care that can help keep them healthy all year long. Learn more about the flu.


Find Coverage for Your Family

You May be Eligible

Medicaid and CHIP offer free or low-cost health insurance for kids up to age 19. Parents, Medicaid might cover you, too. Select your state to find health insurance programs in your area or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

Get Peace of Mind All Year Long

Kids get sick, but you can rest easier knowing Medicaid and CHIP has your kids covered. And a free flu shot will give them the extra protection they need to get through this flu season healthy and happy.

Many parents may have held off on getting shots or other preventive care due to the Covid-19 outbreak. With Medicaid and CHIP coverage, you can make the call to your providers to schedule routine medical visits. Your provider will tell you how to be safe and get this important care. This care helps protect your kids’ health now and for the future.

[1] Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States — 2019–2020 Influenza Season

Last reviewed October 6, 2020