The most common symptoms of the flu include fever (100.4 or higher), body aches, cough and congestion and malaise. While vomiting may occur, it is not a primary symptom. Symptoms usually appear quickly.
Treatment typically consists of comfort measures at home: lots of rest, lots of fluids, honey for cough and fever and paid reduction medications.
What about Tamiflu? Tamiflu is an anti-viral medication and may be indicated if a child has flu or flu-like symptoms. Tamiflu does NOT kill the flu virus or cure flu symptoms. It has been shown to reduce duration of symptoms by about 24 hours. It stops the virus from making copies of itself; it is most effective when given within the first 48 hours of symptoms. The side effects can include significant vomiting and diarrhea.
Tamiflu is a treatment option but is not a replacement for prevention with the flu vaccine.
The flu vaccine is recommended every flu season, the earlier in the season the better. ALL children with egg allergy can safely receive the flu vaccine in any form.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the flu vaccine for all people ages 6 months and older, especially those with chronic medical concerns. The only people who should not receive the flu vaccine are those who have had an anaphylactic or serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.
Our office will offer the flu vaccine as early as it is available, usually mid-September. Please check with us for this year’s recommendations for type of vaccine.