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Flu in Children Overview

Influenza is an acute infection caused by any of three types of viruses (A, B, or C). Type A strains are associated with the most severe disease. Many people confuse influenza or flu with the common cold. They are different. The common cold can be caused be a variety of viruses that infect the upper respiratory system (nose, mouth, throat). Flu is caused by several types of influenza virus and is usually more severe than a cold.

In 2009, a new type A strain emerged called H1N1. Because there was little immunity in the human population to the H1N1 strain, it had the ability to spread easily from person to person worldwide and sicken even more people than a usual seasonal strain. When this happens, it is called a pandemic. In July 2009, a worldwide pandemic of H1N1 was declared and is still in effect.

  • Flu is an acute infection of the airway tract in the nose and throat that can sometimes spread down into the lungs. Flu in adults is a frequent cause of acute respiratory illness. Flu, however, affects people of all ages. Children are among the groups most at risk for developing flu and its complications and are more likely to spread the infection to others.
  • Flu season (a sharp increase in reported cases) usually begins in late fall and early winter, and cases usually spread widely. The peak season for the flu in the northern hemisphere is from November through March though cases can be seen all year long.
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Comment from: ralgj, (Caregiver) Published: November 29

My 5 year-old and 23 month-old both had influenza A at the same time. While both were quite ill. My youngest was severely affected. We are seven days in and he is better, but not great. He has a 101-103 degree temperature the majority of the time. I wish the flu on no one. Keep on top of the fever with Tylenol or Motrin and push, push, push fluids. Don't hesitate to take your child to the doctor. Good luck.

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Comment from: JG, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 25

My son will be 5 in March. He was diagnosed with strain A of the flu back in January, and now has strain B of the flu a month later. He was on Tamiflu then and we are trying it again. He started with a dry cough that lead to nasal/chest congestion and a high temp this go 'round. We are only on the third day do we hope it gets better.

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