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Posts for: February, 2018

February 19, 2018
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As most of you know, it has been a particularly bad influenza season, one full of coughs, fevers, and full waiting rooms at the pediatrician’s office.

A few things to remember:

  1. Is it the flu? Or just a cold? There is a significant difference between influenza and the common cold. Here is a great blog post about telling the difference as well as some good information about the flu.
  2. When should I bring my child in to be seen? Here is another good article about how to tell when your child’s illness might be the flu, and when you should bring him into our office to be seen. Many times you may be able to manage your child’s illness at home. Call us if you’re not sure.
  3. Do I need a flu test? Tamiflu? Given the seriousness of the flu season this year, there has been a shortage of both influenza testing kits as well as the antiviral medication Tamiflu. Not every child needs to be tested for the flu, and in many cases we can make decisions on whether or not to treat without testing. Tamiflu can sometimes be helpful in shortening the course of the illness if it is started early enough in the illness, but is not always recommended or required. Here is a good article with some information about this anti-viral medication
  4. Should I still get my child a flu shot? It’s not too late to get vaccinated! While the flu vaccine may not always prevent the flu, a recent study has shown that it can significantly decrease the risk of death from influenza. Call our office to see about getting your child’s flu vaccine, if you haven’t yet.

Thank you for bearing with us during this incredibly busy flu season. We know the waits have been longer and the waiting rooms busier but we are working hard and doing our best to help you and your children stay healthy!

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