Story by: Norton Children’s on March 5, 2020
Two forms of influenza typically circulate each season: influenza A and influenza B, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be severe in children.
The flu vaccine typically protects against strains of both influenza A and influenza B strain. Because flu viruses mutate from the time the vaccine is configured, the flu shot isn’t 100% effective. Still, the flu shot and good hygiene are your best protection against the flu, and the CDC advises that everyone age 6 months and older should get the vaccine.
In recent years, according to the CDC, more pediatric fatalities have been attributed to influenza B than in the broader population.
“A child with suspected flu should see a health care provider. It is important to monitor the child’s symptoms and be on the lookout for complications,” said Mark A. Brockman Jr., M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Iroquois.
Norton Healthcare has convenient options for flu symptom treatment in kids and adults, including 24/7 access to a provider in person or online.
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