Several weeks ago, Centra Care physicians warned that the influenza virus had hit Central Florida. Week after week the numbers continue to grow, but what is significant this week over others, is the dramatic increase in the number of children that are being diagnosed with the flu. Centra Care locations have seen a 67% increase this week in the number of pediatric flu cases.
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Medical experts agree that the best defense against influenza is a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control designates that children younger than 5, and especially children younger than 2 years old, are considered high risk for developing flu-related complications.
While the recommendation includes healthy children, it should be noted that children with chronic illnesses like asthma or diabetes are at even greater risk. Others that fall into the high-risk category are as follows:
Pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
Health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high-risk people.
Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Knowing the most common flu symptoms in children will help you know when to seek medical treatment for your child. Flu symptoms typically include a sudden onset of:
- High Fever
- Muscle Aches
- Weakness or Lethargy
- Dry Cough
- Sore Throat
- Stuffy Nose
These flu symptoms can last for a few days to a few weeks.
Every Centra Care location treats adult and pediatric patients without an appointment or you can make an Online Reservation at centracare.org. Flu shots are always just $30. If you or someone in your family needs a vaccination or suffers from an illness, allergy or injury that needs medical attention, Centra Care has over 30 locations, serving you 7-days a week.