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Covid-19 and Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

COVID-19 illness tends to be more mild in children, but anyone can develop severe illness. Babies younger than 1 year and all children with underlying conditions are at increased risk for severe illness. Even if symptoms do not develop, a baby or child can pass the virus to others.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Call your child's doctor if:

What you need to know about multisymptom inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C):

What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines:

Healthcare providers recommend a COVID-19 vaccine, even if your child has already had COVID-19. Let your child's healthcare provider know when your child has received the final dose of the vaccine. Make a copy of the vaccination card.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep your child safe:

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

What to do if your child is sick:

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

For more information:

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