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Flu and Influenza

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Flu and Influenza

Influenza, or flu, is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by a virus. It affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body. The flu can turn into a serious illness like pneumonia, which can be especially dangerous for infants and very young children.

Flu symptoms:

Flu is highly contagious
Flu is very contagious and spreads when people cough or sneeze out droplets that are infected with the virus and other children breathe them in as well as by hands, cups and other objects that have been in contact with an infected person’s mouth or nose. Young kids can still spread flu for more than 1 week after the symptoms are gone.

How is flu treated?

If your child has difficulty breathing, bring them to the hospital right away or if the fever lasts for more than 3 days.

Preventing the flu

Verified:

Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (1 April 2020)

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