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Disease Prevention Resources

At Children's National Hospital, we understand how vulnerable children can be to infectious diseases such as the flu, pneumonia and COVID-19. We've put together several resources to help identify the signs and symptoms of these infectious diseases, as well as ways to help your family stay healthy.

kid washing hands


COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Our experts compiled important information on how to identify the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as things you can do to protect your family.


Ebola is often characterized by high fever, muscle pain, unexplained bleeding and severe headache. Learn more about the signs and symptoms associated with the ebola virus.

kid with enterovirus on hands

Enterovirus D68

Learn more about Enterovirus D68 symptoms, how it is transmitted, prevention tips and what you can do if you think your child has the virus.

little girl blowing her nose


The single best way to prevent the seasonal flu is by getting yearly vaccines. Get prevention tips to protect your family and information on what to do if your child is hospitalized for the flu.

baby with measles


One in three measles cases will develop complications, including pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea. Learn about the signs and symptoms, when to call your child's pediatrician and what you can do to protect your child against measles.

A man's forearm with a red monkeypox rash on it.


While children aren't at high risk for contracting monkeypox, they are still susceptible to the virus, and in fact young children are at increased risk for more severe outcomes if they become infected. Here’s what you need to know about monkeypox and how to protect your family.

young girl who is very sick


Human parechoviruses (PeVs) are common childhood viruses that spread through respiratory droplets and contact with bodily fluids or fecal matter. Learn about symptoms, treatment and more.

zika sample


Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has recently started circulating in South and Central America. Here are some resources to protect yourself.