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Flu Information

funny little boy Flu Season 2017 – 2018

It’s time once again to think about flu vaccines! Vaccinating over 16,000 patients for flu each year is an enormous challenge for our staff as we strive to be flexible and convenient for our patients while continuing to provide care in our offices.

The CDC recommends that everyone receive the flu vaccine, not just high risk individuals.

For General information about the flu click here

To read FAQ’s regarding the flu vaccine click here

 

Help Prevent the Flu

Everyday steps to prevent the spread of all flu viruses include:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • As much as possible, stay away from sick people, including anyone in your house.
  • Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
  • Anyone infected with the flu should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to others.

If your child has the flu they should be kept home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone.  (Their fever should be gone without them having taken a fever-reducing medicine.)  A fever is defined as 100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C.

If your child is 5 years or older and otherwise healthy and get flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult the doctor as needed and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks enough fluids.

If your child is younger than 5, or of any age and has a medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or a neurological problem and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, call the doctor or get medical attention.  This is because younger children and children who have chronic medical conditions (like asthma or diabetes) may be at higher risk of serious complications from an influenza infection.

To view the Vaccine Information Statement (injectable) click here

 

 When To Call Our Office

Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough