We’re now, well past the typical annual peak of January & Fabruary, seeing cases of influenza, almost daily. So far all the cases we’ve seen and diagnosed have been in children who did not receive this season’s vaccine in the fall.
Symptoms are high fever, sore throat, congestion, cough, headache and at times leg or body aches.
A stark reminder that the vaccine, while not 100%, is much better than nothing. Tamiflu isn’t nearly the quick cure we’d like it to be, due to limited efficacy if started late, and undesirable side-effects including abdominal discomforts.
Here we are, in the middle of summer, and our kids have now been swimming in community pools and possibly attending water parks. I’m excited for the kids. That’s what summer is all about. My kids are all in, but some cautious reminders should still be considered.
The theme of this interview was “Summer Safety Tips,” but it was broadcast as “Dr. warns parents….” “Warn” is such a strong word. I was just promoting common sensibilities. The message is valid nonetheless.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually – more than half of whom are children. Over the past five years, dog bite injuries are reported to be the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury in children ages 0-14 in America. “