Flu is Here - Not too late for vaccine
Tue, 12/04/2012 5:52 PM
This year's flu is in full swing sending lots of kids to the hospital. We talked to Dr. Jon McCullers, pediatrician in chief at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Here's what he had to say.
We are seeing an influx of children with the flu in our Emergency Department. Symptoms are cough, sore throat, fever and body aches. The onset of this year’s flu is mostly concentrated in Tennessee and throughout Texas.
The strains are covered by the vaccine, and it is not too late to get vaccinated. The vaccine is your most important weapon as we enter flu season. It’s quick and easy, as well as safe and effective. In general, healthy children and adults ages 2-49 years of age may receive either the injection or the nasal spray version of the vaccine. Typically, the nasal spray seems to work best in the younger population from around the ages of 2 to 7. That’s because those kids haven’t typically been exposed to the flu yet, and the spray seems to benefit that particular age group’s immunities.
The best means of prevention is good hand hygiene – wash hands or use hand sanitizer, cough into your sleeve and stay away from sick people and crowds. There are good antiviral treatments available from your pediatrician, and it is particularly important for children with underlying illnesses such as asthma, seizures, lung heart or kidney disease, diabetes and others to get to the doctor early to prevent the infection from getting worse.
Parents, Don't Dismiss the Flu Yet
Wed, 2/29/2012 12:16 PM
As spring is fast approaching, so is a round of influenza. The Emergency Department (ED) at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been extremely busy, seeing more than 300 patients a day with flu-like symptoms. We talked to Dr. Jon McCullers who was recently appointed as Le Bonheur’s pediatrician in chief and chair of Pediatrics for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He answered some common questions parents have about the flu.
Is it too late to get the flu vaccine?
Is my child protected from this flu outbreak if he/she received a flu vaccine last fall?
What can parents do to protect their kids?
How much longer could this flu outbreak last?
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