Influenza or Flu is a serious disease for infants and young kids. It’s an infection of the throat, nose and the lungs caused by influenza viruses. The young bab...
Influenza or Flu is a serious disease for infants and young kids. It’s an infection of the throat, nose and the lungs caused by influenza viruses. The young babies, especially under 2 years are at high risk of serious complications as their immune system is not yet fully developed.
Flu symptoms in babies are quite similar to that of cold and cough. Still, there are a few key differences and can last a week or longer. Watch out for these symptoms and take necessary actions
Ways to ease baby's when under flu
However if your baby has caught flu, you can take following steps to ease your baby:
Since Flu is a viral infection, so it can’t be treated with antibiotics. Also don't use honey to ease your baby's cough and cold. It is not safe for infants. Upon doctor’s consultation and starting the medication, you should start observing recovery in 3-5 days. Though it will still take some more time, say a month, for your baby to come back to its normal self. And in this time your baby needs lots of hugs and mother’s love to recover naturally.
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Newborns are always at high risk forinfections infirst 4 to 6 weeks of their new life. Although, babies get antibodies through the breastfeed, but infant’s immu...
Newborns are always at high risk for infections in first 4 to 6 weeks of their new life. Although, babies get antibodies through the breastfeed, but infant’s immune system is still immature; and doesn't have enough antibodies to fight off cold and flu like infections. Flu can be the cause of a life threatening illness in a newborn.
Here are some germs fighting conducts to reduce the risk of flu for your baby:
Follow these simple steps and maintain good hygiene around your baby. You will easily pass through the Flu season before you even know it!
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Worried about catching the seasonal fever? Flu Vaccination is the solution!! In this season, you will fine atleast few people suffering from the seasonal fever ...
Worried about catching the seasonal fever? Flu Vaccination is the solution!!
In this season, you will fine atleast few people suffering from the seasonal fever and it is normal to be worried that you might be next!!
Especially northern India usually sees two spikes in viral infections; first in July-August and another one in November-December. But there is a precautionary solution – Flu Vaccinations!!
Flu vaccinations are recommended for those who are hit by fever, sore throats and runny noses regularly. Doctors suggest that if the FLU vaccine is taken annually (costs about Rs. 500); risk of flu infection is reduced by 50% to 60%. Along with influenza, this vaccination also protects you from dengue and swine flu.
Who should take Flu Vaccination shots?
It is especially recommended for people:
With Poor immunity.
Infants (older than six months).
With diabetes, kidney problems, asthma, cardiovascular ailments or smokers.
Who had an organ transplant or cancer treatment.
With a history of pharyngitis.
Know, what actually Influenza (FLU) is?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease caused by a RNA virus of the orthomyxovirus family. Basic antigen is of A, B, and C types.
Influenza A viruses are perpetuated by wild birds or predominantly waterfowl. It causes moderate to severe illness and may affect all age groups.
Influenza B generally affects children with milder illness. It is more stable than influenza A and affects only humans.
Influenza C is generally reported as a case of subclinical and rarely as human illness. It is not associated with epidemic disease.
Influenza disease leads to fever (usually 101°–102°F), myalgia, nonproductive cough, sore throat and headache. Virus remains in respiratory secretions for 5–10 days. The incubation time period for influenza is generally 2 days, but can fluctuate from 1 to 4 days.
Types of vaccine-
The flu vaccines are usually prepared from weakened or inactivated influenza virus. Every year some variations are introduced known as “strains”. These vaccines protect us against three or four strains which are most commonly observed during the flu season. These include trivalent (three-sided) or quardivalent (four-sided) vaccines. The flu vaccine can be taken either in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, according to your comfort.
It’s recommended to get vaccinated every year as, the antibodies produced by your body start to decline over time after vaccination and also the virus changes rapidly. That is why, Flu vaccines are updated regularly according to the rapidly changing virus.
Side Effects of Flu vaccinations-
One can notice some mild side effects after vaccination like soreness, headache, nasal congestion, tenderness or swelling, redness at the injection point; you could also have a low-grade fever that lasts for a day or two.
However, allergic reactions are very rare, but if you notice any serious reaction to the flu vaccine, immediately consult a doctor.
Consult doctors at MediMetry for flu shots and Stay safe this monsoon season!
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