This Year’s Flu Season May Be Deadly For Children- Learn ways to protect your little ones

sickchild86533581It is being reported in the media  that this year’s strain of the flu virus can potentially be life threatening for children.  Since the beginning of the flu season 21 children have died. This strain of the virus can create severe respiratory problems, bacterial infections and very high fevers.

About 90% of flu cases so far have been caused by the H3N2 sub-type. H3 sub-types tend to cause the largest numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in young children-because their immune systems are still developing. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are also at risk.

What can you do to protect your children?

  • Watch out for symptoms which include: high fevers, chills and shakes, headaches and body aches, fatigue, sore throat, dry cough, vomiting and stomach aches.
  • Keep children away from people who have flu symptoms.
  • Teach them to cover their noses or mouths, when they cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, these are prime areas for germs to spread.
  • Speak with your physician about antiviral drugs.

The CDC recommends that children ages six months and older  should receive flu vaccinations. Although this year’s vaccine is not a match for the H3N2 virus, it will lessen the severity of the symptoms and reduce the chances of hospitalization.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.