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Flu Season Information

The 2017 flu season is expected to hit the Charleston area hard, but it is not too late to get a flu shot for your child. Getting a flu shot may reduce the risk of getting the flu by 60%. 

For more information, see the American Academy of Pediatrics Five Recommendations for flu vaccines in children.

To get a flu shot today, visit one of our three After Hours Care locations, join one of our existing Pediatric Medical Home clinics, or visit your primary care physician.

Preventing the Flu

  • Get your child vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands; wash your child’s hands.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep hard surfaces clean.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Exercise.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Symptoms

Treatment

  • Keep your child at home while they have a fever.
  • At home care:
    • Rest
    • Stay hydrated with plenty of non-caffeinated fluids
    • Treat aches and fever with children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen
    • Use a humidifier to help with congestion
  • When to contact your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor:
    • Inconsolable irritability
    • Inability to tolerate oral fluids
    • Decreased urine output (Less than three voids per day)
    • Confusion or headache that will not go away
    • Chest pain
    • Neck Stiffness
    • Stomach pain
    • Back pain
    • Severe Muscle pain and/or red urine
  • When to go to the emergency room for flu:
    • Working hard to breath or breathing very fast
    • Not drinking enough fluids
    • Not waking up or not interacting
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but the fever returns and the cough worsens
  • More information on what to do when you get sick from the CDC.

 

Related Locations

After Hours Care Mount Pleasant

2705 Highway 17
Suite 100
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-876-2222

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After Hours Care North Charleston

2750 Dantzler Drive
Unit 102
North Charleston, SC 29406

843-876-2222

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After Hours Care Summerville

4330 Ladson Road
Summerville, SC 29485

843-876-2222

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