Flu Season Getting Worse - Protect Children

2018 Flu Season is still “on the rise” according to CDC officials, it’s at least as bad as in 2009 swine flu, hospitals have seen number of flu patients and hospitalizations reach record high. Especially, some death cases include totally healthy adults and quite some children. People are getting scared but on the other hand parents are more cautious on children’s conditions.

CDC says that at least 63 children passed away so far in this flu season. The CDC acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said the center has seen “increased influenza-like activity, more hospitalizations and tragically, more flu-associated deaths in children and adults.”

Pediatrics Say

“Flu just spread like wildfire” in California, said Dr. Tanya Altmann of Calabasas Pediatrics. “This flu season, I think, took us by surprise, as it hit a little bit earlier than it had in past flu seasons. The vaccine wasn’t as good of a match. Although it’s still helpful, it wasn’t as good a match as in previous years.”

Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu described the 2017-18 flu season as “the busiest season I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been in practice for over 20 years.” “The severity of the flu that we’re seeing, as well as just how many — the sheer number of people that have it — is crazy. One of my friends, her son’s class had just three kids in it, because everyone else was out sick. He’s in high school. I’m hearing similar stories for all grades.”

Tamiflu

The CDC recommends that antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu, be prescribed for higher-risk patients, including children under age 2, adults over age 65, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses.

“Many patients do want Tamiflu, but we triage patients based on their symptoms. If they’ve had three, four days of fever and they’re getting better, we’re not giving them Tamiflu,” DiMaggio said. On the other hand, those high-risk patients “definitely” get a prescription.

A lot of parents have read about children in lower-risk categories have died from the flu. It’s important for parents to know that child may be developing complications without the medication, parents have to be very cautious on children’s symptoms, and contact their pediatrician if they spot any symptom irregular.

Keep Clean

Prevention is still the best weapon.

Germs are everywhere, they can live on surfaces for days, people open a door and then touch their face, they got sick. There’re a few things to do for prevention.

1. Vaccine- although this year’s vaccine isn’t working as promised, it’s still better than none.
2. Hand sanitizer – wash hands with soap and apply hand sanitizer.
3. Nutrition – good nutrition to boost immune
4. Avoid touching face with hands, especially the mouth, nose and eyes, especially for children

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.