Summer fun is out, and Fall Flu Season is in! As Autumn and Winter roll by, many people become sick with the flu. According to the CDC, 8% of the U.S. population gets sick from the flu each season. Statistically speaking, millions of people come down with this uncomfortable illness. Even though it may seem like there is nothing you can do to keep you and your little one flu-free, that’s most certainly not the case. Parents, continue reading to learn what you should know about the flu:
Influenza, also referred to as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness. The Influenza Virus causes it and, generally, comes on very quickly and unexpectedly. Typically, symptoms will develop between one to four days after exposure and can last from several days to several weeks. Since a virus causes the flu, antibiotics used for bacteria are not helpful when you’ve tested positive for the flu.
Everyone’s body responds differently to the flu, especially for specific age groups. While all or only some of these symptoms may apply to your child, some signs that could indicate they have the flu include:
Although we know that the flu is not entirely preventable, there are measures parents can take to protect their children and keep them flu-free as long as possible. You can protect your child by:
Children six months of age and older can receive a flu shot as long as their pediatrician approves it. Getting vaccinated in September and October before flu season peaks is ideal; however, it is never too late. Children receive two doses of the vaccine; the second dose is given at least 28 days later. Since it takes two doses with nearly a month between them, we recommend getting started early! Antibodies can take weeks to develop after vaccination, so remaining proactive is vital.
At SuraMed Health Center, we are here to keep your children happy and healthy. If you have concerns regarding your child’s health or want to set up an appointment for a flu shot, please visit our website to contact your nearest office today.