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The Flu – Boys Town Pediatrics

December 8, 2019

Generally the flu season is going to be in
about January or February, though every now and again we can have some early cases in
November or December. Generally the flu compared to an average cold
is worse. It is higher fevers. The fevers can last longer, up to three to
five days. You tend to have body aches, everything hurts
more. Your chest hurts more, the cough is worse. It’s sort of a normal cold on steroids,
its just a lot worse than a normal cold. The flu is generally treated with supportive
care meaning rest, fluids, ibuprofen and you can take it easy. There is a medicine for the flu called Tamiflu. We don’t always recommend it for every child
and if you do want to use the Tamiflu medicine, it does have to be started up to 48 hours
of the symptoms starting. If your child does have flulike symptoms and
you are interested in that medicine that is something to be discussing with your pediatrician. Vaccinating against the flu is important because
it is really the only way to prevent getting the flu in the flu season. So we recommend flu vaccine for all children
zero to eighteen years of age. It’s going to be most important for any
kids with immune deficiencies, chronic diseases, asthma and children two years and younger. In general we will start looking at vaccinating
between September and November is probably the best time. Washing your hands during flu season, getting
a good night’s rest at night, good nutrition is always a good bet, staying away from others
who are sick at that time. I think if you do the above mentioned things
you have a good chance of staying healthy this winter.

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