This flu is not the same as having a bad cold. flu infection can be serious and sometimes life-threatening. The annual flu immunization offers the best protection.
Influenza, commonly called the ‘flu’, is an infection caused by the influenza virus. It affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body. flu infection can be serious and sometimes life-threatening. It infects many people each year, mostly during the winter months in New Zealand
Flu in children is usually caused at least 2 or 3 of the following symptoms :.
Sometimes people confuse colds with flu. But with the flu, people are generally healthier and flu symptoms can last longer.
Sometimes, flu can cause serious illness. It depends on the type of virus and the child’s age and general health. flu can be more serious in children who also have a long-lasting disease (chronic). Your doctor can give you more advice if your child has one of these conditions.
The flu virus is very easy to catch and can affect anyone – no matter how fit and healthy child
It can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. as well as with the hands, cups and other objects that have been in contact with the mouth or nose of infected people.
Flu immunization offers the best protection. For more information, see.
You can also reduce the risk of flu by washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, clean the surface and stay away from others who are sick.
make sure everyone in your family to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, including (but not only) before preparing food and eating. Make sure everyone dries them well too. Soap and water for 20 seconds, then 20 seconds drying. Or use a sterile hand.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Put used tissue in a bin or bag immediately and then wash and dry hands.
Regularly clean surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens
Keep your distance from people who are sick -. At least two meters.
If your child becomes sick, keep them at home and not send them to school or daycare until they are well
If you become sick -. Staying at home, don ‘t go to work.
Most of the children against the infection itself.
Antibiotics do not help for flu and doctors will not prescribe them unless your child has a bacterial infection.
Never give your child aspirin or young person as this can increase the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare and serious disease.
Continue with the usual medicines your child (such as those for asthma, diabetes and epilepsy).
If your child suffers from fever or aches and pains, you can give paracetamol to make them more comfortable. You must follow the dosage instructions on the bottle. It is dangerous to give more than the recommended dose.
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drops Use salt water (saline) to treat nasal congestion – ask your pharmacist or family doctor for instructions
Keep your child at home and rest until they are both
Call your doctor if you think your child has the flu .. and:
you should see a doctor right away if your child of any age.
Dial 111 in New Zealand for urgent medical assistance (using the appropriate emergency numbers in other countries) if your child :.
For more information phone 0800 466 863 or TXT FLU to 515
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