Flu is the short term for influenza. It is an illness caused by a respiratory virus. The flu can spread rapidly through communities, as the virus is passed from person to person.
When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, the influenza virus gets into the air, and people nearby, including children, can inhale it through the nose or mouth.
The virus also can be spread when a child touches a contaminated hard surface, such as a door handle, and then places his hand or fingers in his nose or mouth or rubs his eye.
When is flu season?
The flu season usually starts in the fall and ends in the spring. When there is an outbreak or epidemic, usually during the winter months, the illness tends to be most frequent in preschool or school-aged children. Parents and caregivers are easily exposed and can come down with the flu, as it is transmitted in the first few days of the illness.
Flu Symptoms Include:
A sudden fever (usually above 101°F or 38.3°C)
Chills and body shakes
Headache, body aches, and being a lot more tired than usual
Dry, hacking cough
Stuffy, runny nose
Some children may throw up (vomit) and have loose stools (diarrhea).
After the first few days of these symptoms, a sore throat, stuffy nose, and continuing cough become most evident. The flu can last a week or even longer. A child with a common cold usually has only a low-grade fever, a runny nose, and only a small amount of coughing. Children with the flu—or adults, for that matter—usually feel much sicker, achier, and more miserable.
Everyone should get the flu vaccine each year to update their protection. It is the best way to prevent getting the flu. Safe vaccines are made each year and the best time to get the flu vaccine is by the end of October, before the flu virus starts circulating in your community.
Flu Clinic at Kids First Raleigh & Clayton
The team at Kids First Pediatrics is happy to offer flu shots by appointment for healthy individuals during the following times:
Raleigh Kids First: 23 Sunnybrook Road Suite 116
Saturday 17th 10a-12p
Thursday 22nd 5:30p-7p
Saturday 24th 10a-12p
Tuesday 27th 5:30p-7p
Saturday 31st 10a-12p
Clayton Kids First: 400 Athletic Club Blvd. Unit 101
Thursday, October 15th 5:30p-7p
Wednesday 21st 5:30p-7p
Thursday 29th 5:30p-7p
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