COVID-19 Guidance for Families

The best way to protect your family from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, wash your hands often, keep a distance from people who are sick, and wear a face mask when you must go out into crowded public settings.


While at home, it is important to take steps to stay healthy:

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  • Clean surfaces and items that are touched often by family members.

  • Listen to guidance from your local public health department and trusted partners.

What should I do if I think my child or teen has been exposed to COVID-19?

Pfizer vaccine is approved for use with youth age 16 - 17. On March 10, 2021, the FDA also issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer vaccine to be given to youth age 12 - 15. Research conducted so far shows the vaccine to be 100% effective at preventing the illness among youth. Studies on vaccine safety for children under age 12 are underway.

To find COVID vaccine for you and your children, visit VaccineFinder and enter your zip code to search for vaccinators near you. You can also reach out to your local public health department.


Children do not appear to be at higher risk than adults for getting COVID-19, but there is still much to learn about the virus. Watch your child for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, like a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or a rash. Some children may also get stomach pain, throw up, or have diarrhea. Symptoms can be different for each child.


Children may need more attention now than ever. They can sense anxiety in adults. Spend time with them in imaginative play.


It is important to teach children how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other illnesses by washing their hands often and wearing a face mask. Be a good role model.


Help your kids stay connected to friends and family by allowing them to interact in a safe virtual environment.

Limit their exposure to the news and to negative online comments, bullying, and trolling. Your positive messages can help them keep things in perspective.