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What can I do if my child gets sick? 

Flu illness can vary from mild to severe. While the flu can be serious even in people who are otherwise healthy, it can be especially dangerous for young children and children of any age who have certain long term health conditions, including asthma (even mild or controlled), neurological and neuro-developmental ​conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders (such as diabetes), kidney, liver, and metabolic disorders, and weakened immune systems due to disease or medication. Children with these conditions and children who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy can have more severe illness from the flu (CDC, 2015). ​

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

  • Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. 
  • It’s especially important that young children and children with long term health conditions get vaccinated. (See list of conditions under “How Serious is the Flu?”) 
  • Caregivers of children with health conditions or of children younger than 6 months old should get vaccinated. (Babies younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated themselves.)
  • Another way to protect babies is to vaccinate pregnant women because research shows that this gives some protection to the baby both while the woman is pregnant and for a few months after the baby is born (CDC, 2015). 

Complications of Flu

How Flu Spreads

​You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time (CDC, 2015).​

How Serious is the Flu?

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How Can I Protect My Child Against the Flu? 

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year (CDC, 2015).

Even children who have always been healthy before or had the flu before can get very sick from the flu.


Call for emergency care or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has any of the warning or emergency signs below:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or making as much urine as they normally do)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes,or asthma) and develops flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.

​(CDC, 2015)

Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness. 

For more information regarding the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Flu & You site

at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/.

 What if my child seems very sick?

  • If your child is 5 years and older and does not have other health problems and gets flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids. ​
  • If your child is younger than 5 years (and especially younger than 2 years) or of any age with a long term health condition (like asthma, a neurological condition, or diabetes, for example) and develops flu-like symptoms, they are at risk for serious complications from the flu. Ask a doctor if your child should be examined (CDC, 2015).

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
·         Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
·         Cough
·         Sore throat
·         Runny or stuffy nose
·         Muscle or body aches
·         Headaches
·         Fatigue (very tired)
·         Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more                 common in children than adults (CDC, 2015).
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose (CDC, 2015).

What is Influenza (also called flu)?

Period of Contagiousness

To protect against the flu, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes (CDC, 2015).

Reference

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.