Avoid getting blue with the flu!
Influenza (flu) is an illness that many people have heard about, especially during the winter months… but do you know what the flu actually is and how you can prevent your child from getting this infection?
For children under the age of 5 or children with weak immune systems, the flu can be deadly if it is not treated quickly and properly. Children who have chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or disorders of the brain are at a greater risk of developing complications.
Cold vs. Flu – How do you know?
Many parents have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the common cold and the flu. While the symptoms may be very similar, cold symptoms are more mild than the flu and usually last about one week. Flu symptoms can be very rapid, last up to several weeks, and lead to complications like pneumonia or hospitalizations.
What we can do!
Not only will your child be well assessed by a medical professional, a rapid diagnostic test for influenza can be done in the office for those who exhibit symptoms of the flu. It is a quick test that provides results in as little as 15 minutes.
PPUC also has an on-site pharmacy that provides medications for those who do not wish to go through the hassle of visiting the pharmacy.
The following CDC websites are great resources to find more information on this illness and how it could affect you and your whole family.