Helpful Information and Tips Regarding Influenza
Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses. Influenza may cause mild to severe illness in some children. The best way to prevent your child and family from these viruses is to receive the annual flu vaccination.
Is It the Flu or a Cold?
|Signs and Symptoms||Flu||Cold|
|Fever||Common, lasting 3-4 days||Rare|
|Headache||Dry, can become severe||Hacking, mild|
|Muscle/Joint Aches/Pain||Usual, often severe||Slight|
|Fatigue and Weakness||Can last up to 2 weeks||Mild|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Early and Prominent||Never|
|Vomiting and Diarrhea||Rare||Never|
The incubation period for the influenza virus may be from 1-7 days
The Influenza virus is spread by droplets from an infected individual by a cough, sneeze or mucus. These viruses can last on surfaces for hours and still infect others. It is important to wash hands consistently throughout the season to reduce your chances for infection!
Contagiousness for the influenza virus starts one day prior to the onset of symptoms until the resolution
The influenza virus typically lasts 7-14 days
If you have concerns regarding your child’s symptoms, please contact our office. Your child’s physician may recommend to treat with an antiviral if necessary.