Physicians warn about dangers of pediatric flu

Grant Boone
November 21, 2019

During fall and winter each year there's a new season of human influenza viruses, which is different than the common cold.

A common misconception is that influenza is the same as the stomach flu. As of November 9, there had been a total of three influenza-associated pediatric deaths associated with the 2019-2020 flu season that were reported to CDC (CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, accessed 11/18; CDC Flu Season FAQ, accessed 11/18). Although it's not entirely clear why prevalence is highest during the winter months, research has come up with some possible explanations. The first, is the virus might thrive in cooler temperatures and low humidity, both cornerstones of the winter season. The nationwide capital has witnessed 3598 other people affected by this viral respiration sickness and the collection of deaths from the situation stands at 31 until now.

Who're susceptible to catching the an infection?

The group at highest risk often are immune compromised or have chronic medical conditions and this includes seniors, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, pregnant women, and children.

Meanwhile, 27 states are experiencing local or regional flu activity and the remaining states are experiencing sporadic activity.

A disease originated in pigs, swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to the flu shot, one being that it can actually give you the flu. You can also find a flu clinic near you by visiting the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at "It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect". It is also recommended that people 65 years and older get a flu shot instead of a nasal spray vaccine. Perkins said patients want to get tests using a flu swab to confirm if they have the virus or not, but for a virus that can be clinically diagnosed, it can instead hinder the hospital's ER and urgent care's resources to the best of its abilities.

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- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Eating healthy foods, staying active and getting enough vitamins to keep your immune system strong are also good steps to take to keep the flu away.

How do you treat the flu?

Most people are able to fight off the flu with some rest and lots of fluids.

"Everyone in the community, who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated".

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