The current flu season continues to worsen, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting widespread influenza activity in the United States and more than 50 pediatric deaths associated with the virus. Protecting children against the flu is one way to stop the spread and keep them safe.
When it comes to flu prevention, the first and foremost line of defense is the flu vaccine. If your child is older than six months, they are eligible to be vaccinated against the flu. Check with their pediatrician, or stop by Urgent Care for Children during the after-hours and weekends to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.
Urgent Care for Children also recommends the following preventive measures for kids:
-Avoid close contact with others
-Stay home when sick
-Clean hands regularly
-Avoid touching the face
If a child demonstrates any flu-like like symptoms, such as fever, body aches and fatigue, Urgent Care for Children doctors encourage parents and guardians to seek treatment and keep them away from crowded areas to protect against the spread as the flu can be transmitted via the inhalation of airborne particles. Our doctors also recommend waiting 24 to 48 hours after symptoms subside before allowing your child to attend school or daycare.