Flu season begins every year mainly in late fall and early winter and usually spreads widely. Classic symptoms include high-grade fever up to 104 F (40 C), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, dry cough, and just plain feeling sick. These symptoms usually last for three to four days, but cough and tiredness may linger for one to two weeks after the fever has gone away.
In younger children, the pattern of influenza may be a typical influenza-like illness or look like other respiratory tract infections such as croup, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea are frequently observed in children. Vomiting tends to be more significant than diarrhea. Fever is usually high and irritability may be prominent.
In infants, the flu often goes unrecognized because the signs and symptoms are not specific and may suggest a bacterial infection. Influenza in infants younger than 6-months of age is less common, but symptoms include lethargy, poor feeding, and poor circulation.
Avoid having your children getting sick by washing hands, getting flu shots and cough into the arm rather than hand.
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