flu is an infection
(Nose, throat, and lungs). This is caused by
that spreads easily from person to person. Flu season in the United States are of
October to May.
When a person has the flu, they usually feel worse than they do with.
Most people start to feel sick about 2 days after they come in contact with flu
virus. They may have:
A baby with the flu can suddenly seem fussy or just
Flu can turn into a serious illness such as “wrong.”.
It can be dangerous to infants and children or adults with health problems. If you think
, Your child has the flu, see your doctor, nurse, or other medical experts immediately
Flu gets its name from the virus that causes it – the influenza virus.
Spread when a person coughs or sneezes out droplets of virus infected
and other people breathe them. Droplets can also land on things like doorknobs
or shopping carts, infecting people who touch these things.
Yes, the flu is highly contagious. People can spread from one day before they feel
ill until their symptoms disappear. It is about 1 week for adults but can
again for young children.
flu outbreaks usually small. When the disease spreads rapidly and
infect many people in the area at the same time it called an epidemic.
This tends to happen every few years. If the epidemic spreads across the world, it is called
Anyone can get flu, but children tend to get more often than adults. some very
children or children with health problems can get very sick and need special care.
Health care providers often tell by looking if a child has the flu. Because
Other infections can look like the flu, they may send mucus samples to the laboratory for
testing. They get a sample with a cotton swab in the nose kid length
Most children with flu better at home. Make sure your child:
Children with the flu should stay home from school and children until they feel
better. They just have to come back when they have been free of fever for at least 24 hours
without the use of fever-reducing medications. Some children have to stay at home anymore. Ask
doctor what is best for your child
Some children are more likely to have problems when they get the flu, including: ..
They may require medical treatment, sometimes in the hospital
Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications for very sick children or children whose strength
have a problem. Medication can shorten flu by 1-2 days. This only works if
children begin to take within 48 hours of the onset of flu. If the doctor prescribes
antiviral medications for your child, ask about possible side effects.
The fever and other flu symptoms often go away after 5 days or more, but children may still
have a cough or feel weak. children symptoms are usually all gone in a week or two.
There is no guaranteed way to avoid the flu. But getting every year can help. Everyone age 6 months and older should
get it every year.
Most doctor’s offices, clinics, and drug stores offering the flu vaccine from September
until mid-November. It’s best to get it before the end of October. But even if you do not
get it at the beginning of the flu season, it is to get one while flu is still going around.
If your child is sick, fever or wheezing, talk to your doctor to see
if you need to reschedule a flu vaccine.
flu can cause major problems for adults and children alike. Anyone who has the flu
should stay away from people who may be very ill, such as:
Taking these steps can make the spread of flu tend to:
Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for the purpose of education only. For advice on medical specialty, diagnosis, and treatment,
consult your doctor.
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