Children & the Flu: Calling the Shots
October 22, 2017
Parents of small children are used to dealing with the sniffles and the common cold. But the flu is much more serious and can, at first, be hard to recognize. In this post to HealthConnection, UT Health Northeast pediatric medicine expert Dr. Joanna Clem answers questions about children and the flu.
Dr. Clem sees children and adolescents at our North Tyler Clinic. Learn more or make an appointment by calling (903) 877-7343.
- What is the flu and how is it different from a cold?
- How is the flu transmitted from one person to another?
- Are children more susceptible to the flu? If so, why?
- Are flu symptoms different in children than in adults?
- How do you tell if it's the flu rather than a common cold?
- Is there a definitive clinical diagnostic test for the flu?
- Children seem to pass disease among themselves more readily than adults. Is there anything that can be done to reduce flu transmission among children?
- When should children receive the flu vaccine?
- Why is it necessary to get a new flu shot every year?
- Why is the flu "mist" vaccine no longer recommended?
- If a child begins showing flu symptoms, what should parents do?
- How important is it to keep a child well-hydrated when he or she is suffering from the flu?
- How long does it typically take for flu to run its course in children?