Many parents call the Stork Line asking if their child needs a flu shot. The answer is yes! The Centers for Disease Control reported 115 children and teenagers died from flu-related deaths during the 2010-2011 flu season.
“It’s vital that children get vaccinated,” said Lyn Finelli, M.D., chief of the CDC’s Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team.
Call your pediatrician to ask about the best time for your child’s vaccination.
The first signs of flu are usually sore throat, cough and high fever, developing suddenly. When young children quit eating, that may be a clue they have a sore throat. If a child is well before school, but sick when he comes home, consider he might have the flu.
We all need to stay home when we have fever and other symptoms. That applies to keeping children home from extra activities, like birthday parties and church.
Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about any health condition, even if you’ve never been a patient at Western Baptist. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.