Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu typically occur in Marietta and Cobb County during the fall and through the spring. Knowing how to identify flu symptoms and prevent the virus will help you protect your family from getting the flu. Here are just a few flu prevention tips to keep the virus away from your household.
The Flu Season in GA is Serious This Year!
If your child is exhibiting some or all influenza symptoms, i.e. fever above 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, please make an appointment right away. Georgia Flu season is very rough this year and Sun Pediatrics is encouraging the flu shot.
Instill Healthy Habits
- Encourage children to practice coughing or sneezing into their arms or a tissue
- Have children to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germs from spreading
- Avoid sharing cups, bottles and other items
- Teach your children proper and consistent hand washing
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children receive the flu vaccine every year starting at six months of age. Ask Sun Pediatrics about flu vaccinations for your child.
When your child is experiencing the flu, extra rest and drinking plenty of fluids can help relieve symptoms. Typical recovery time for the flu is one or two weeks. Contact Sun Pediatrics if your child’s fever persists, a cough develops, or when ear pain is present. Flu is a serious illness that should be monitored closely.
Keep Kids at Home
If your child comes down with the flu, keep them home from school or childcare for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. The flu is highly contagious and can infect other children and caregivers. It can spread by direct contact, such as drinking from the same cup or through indirect contact, such as from sneezing.
If you’re not sure whether your child has the cold or flu, please schedule an appointment today with Dr. Meenakshi Hari of Sun Pediatrics. Dr. Hari is eager to take your call and answer your questions. Don’t wait any longer.
Visit Sun Pediatrics in Marietta or East Cobb
Have more questions about the health and well-being of your children? Ask Dr. Hari of Sun Pediatrics. Dr. Hari is highly recommended by parents of Marietta, East Cobb and surrounding areas. Sun is the local pediatrician to call first.