The influenza also known as (The Flu) is a typical infection of our nose, throat and lungs particularly caused by the influenza viruses. Since, it is a seasonal type of virus it constantly changes, causing severe illness, long hospital stays and unfortunately deaths.
Not to alarm anybody, but this virus is more serious than more people think. The flu can be tremendously dangerous.
According to the CDC– Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“About 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.”
How Serious Is The Flu?
Even though many people, including medical providers think this isn’t very serious. Our medical team considers the flu as something completely dangerous that could escalate in a matter of a day from mild to truly severe.
While the flu can be potentially serious for people that are healthy, imagine how it can be for young adults and children of any age that happen to struggle with certain health conditions, such as asthma, lung disease blood disorders or weakened immune system.
Unfortunately, these children with such conditions tend to get a more severe illness from this particular virus.
How Does The Flu Spread?
It is believed by many medical professionals that the flu viruses spread by droplets in particular when people with the same virus tend to cough, sneeze or with something as simple as talking.
These so called droplets actually can land in the mouths and noses of other people that happen to be around a person with the virus.
It also known that a person might get sick with the virus by simply touching something that actually has the virus on it, and later touching their own eyes, nose or even their mouth.
This is one of the reasons, it is recommended to wash your hands repeatedly, especially during the flu season.
What Are The Symptoms Of The Flu?
When it comes to the symptoms of such virus, they can actually vary.
They include fever, cough, sore throat body aches headache chills, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose. Also, something very usual through this illness is vomiting and diarrhea.
Something tricky for people to know is that not to many people do not get fever with the flu.
How Long A Person With The Flu Spread The Virus?
The people that get the flu can actually infect others by shedding the virus from just a short day before getting sick up to 7 days after the fact.
However, Something to keep in mind is that children or other people with a weakened immune system can possibly shed the virus for longer.
How Can I Protect My Child?
The number one thing to do to protect your child against the flue is to get the flu vaccine.
Our medical providers can actually help you through a video conference without any hassle or stress. Especially, when your child is not feeling well.
Here are a few recommendations for you to follow:
The flue vaccinations is recommended for everyone who is 6 months and older.
It is always important for children with long-term health conditions to get the vaccination as quick as possible.
Caregivers in charge of children with health conditions should get the vaccination.
Do not forget that babies with just a few months cannot get the vaccination.
One great and important factor to protect babies from the flu is to vaccinate pregnant women. Research actually shows that women that get the vaccination during pregnancy protect the baby for as long as a few months after is born.