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Health Information For Parents
The flu (influenza) is a very contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). The flu can make someone feel pretty sick for up to a week.
Anyone can get the flu, but kids tend to get it more often than adults. Some very young children or kids with health problems can get very sick and need special care.
The flu usually doesn’t need need medical treatment. But some people are at high risk for other health problems (such as pneumonia) from the flu. They include:
If they report flu symptoms within the first 2 days of the illness, a doctor might prescribe an antiviral medicine. But these medicines usually only shorten the course of the infection by 1 or 2 days.
If your child gets the flu:
If your doctor prescribes medicine to ease symptoms, call the pharmacist before you go to pick it up. In a severe flu season, some pharmacies might have trouble keeping the medicines in stock.
Kids who are sick should stay home from school and childcare until they:
Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.
The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.
Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.
Telltale signs of the flu include a sore throat, body aches and fever. Here’s what to do if your child has the flu.
Stay home or go to school? That’s what you are probably wondering if you have the flu. Find out more.
Every year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu – including how to avoid it.
Get tips for fending off the flu in this article for teens.
The flu is a virus that can make you sick for a week or longer. Find out more in this article for kids.
The flu vaccine is usually offered between September and mid-November. Even though it’s best to get it then, being vaccinated later can still help protect against the flu.
The flu usually makes kids feel worse than if they have a cold. But it’s not always easy to tell the difference. Here are tips on what to look for â and what to do.
The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.
Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and are worse than the sneezing and stuffiness of a cold. The flu is very contagious. Find out what to do in this article for parents.
Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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