SADM #88 Jan/Feb 2020
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
As we enter the peak of flu season, Nicklaus Children’s Health System encourages local families to reduce the risk of infection by following these helpful prevention and care tips.
What is the flu?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by variety of different viruses. Older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.
Flu season is at its peak between January and April, so parents should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms and keep a child at home if they think he or she is infected.
What can I do to protect my child?
The best way to prevent your child or baby 6 months or older from getting the flu is to ask his or her pediatrician about obtaining a vaccine. Most pediatricians can administer the flu vaccine at a routine office or well-care visit. Advise your school-aged child of prevention strategies. Remind children of the importance of not sharing cups and eating utensils with friends, and provide them with portable hand sanitizers for their book bags. One of the most important strategies for preventing the spread of infection is by proper hand washing with soap and water. Parents should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms, and keep a child at home if they think he or she is infected.
Be sure to see your doctor right away if a fever persists for more than three days, or in the event of frequent night awakenings due to headaches or vomiting. Remember, you know your child better than anyone, so if you are worried, visit your pediatrician immediately.
If your pediatrician’s office is closed or unavailable, your Pediatric Leader Nicklaus Children’s offers the comfort of walk-in urgent care service with no appointments and convenient locations open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nicklaus Children’s Urgent Care Centers can help diagnose common viruses, and offer testing for flu, RSV and more.
Help stop the spread of flu. For more prevention and care tips, visit nicklauschildrens.org/FLU
Find a Nicklaus Children’s Urgent Care Center location near you at nicklauschildrens.org/UCC
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