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Flu Prevention


For the 2017-2018 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending only injectable flu vaccine. After careful review, the nasal flu mist was found to be less effective than the injectable version. At this point, we (and all other medical providers) will only be providing injectable flu vaccine. For more information, please visit the following website: www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm. Please plan to get yourself and your family protected this season!

Flu season is upon us once again! We recommend that all patients 6 months and older, especially those with chronic medical conditions, receive the annual flu vaccine, available only in injectable form this year.

Call us today to schedule this important immunization. Also, please take a moment to review your child’s immunization records for completeness as school exclusions are just around the corner!

About Influenza

Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, have similar symptoms.Almost every case of influenza (90% of people) will have cough and fever. Other common symptoms that may accompany cough and fever are sore throat, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. An infant less than 6 months of age with a fever (a temperature higher than 100.5°F) should be evaluated in the office.

Most people require home treatment for influenza.

The body is fighting a serious infection and needs rest.

Children with influenza are at increased risk for dehydration. To check your child’s fluid level, look in their mouth. If there is drool under the tongue, they are doing well. If the tongue appears dry and drool is not pooled under the tongue, please call us.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) helps bring fevers down and treats pain such as muscle aches, sore throat, or headaches. Infants under 6 months of age should be given infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) only. DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN.Antiviral medication may be needed in some specific cases of influenza. The medication must be started within 48 hours of symptoms to be effective. Those who may qualify for antiviral medication are children with chronic illnesses (such as asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, or epilepsy), children who are immunocompromised, and/or children under the age of 5.

Influenza is spread through droplets mostly from coughing and/or saliva. Cover your cough in your sleeve, not your hand. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Also remind your child not to share drinks.Your child should be seen in the office for illness if:

  • Under 6 months old with a fever higher than 100.5°F
  • Feverish for longer than 5 days
  • Exhibiting signs of dehydration
  • Experiencing difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting over and over
  • Lethargic (extremely tired; difficult to rouse)