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Flu Season 2017-2018

We have seen a lot of influenza A in our community so far this year.

The best ways to protect your child are to get the flu vaccine and take preventative measures such as hand washing at home.

Children younger than 5 years of age – especially those younger than 2 years – and children with certain long-term health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system), are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.  Please call our office if your child fits this criteria and is showing signs of the flu such as high fever, body aches, or cough.

Antiviral medication such as Tamiflu can be used to shorten the duration or severity of influenza.  The CDC recommends treatment for children <2 yrs of age and older children with asthma or other long-term health problems.

Even healthy children can become seriously ill from influenza.  Parents should call immediately or go to the emergency room with fast breathing, trouble breathing, or bluish or gray skin color. 

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