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.
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.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Fever (100.4 or higher)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea (This is more common in children)
- More symptoms and complications information from the CDC
- Keep your child at home while they have a fever.
- At home care:
- 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.
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