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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read more

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Are there safe over-the-counter remedies of the flu for children?

Are there safe over-the-counter remedies of the flu for children?

Yes and no: There are several treatment for flu symptoms, but antiviral treatments are prescribed, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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Can i give my daughter of 5 years old hylands complete cold and flu and childrens advil (ibuprofen)?

Can i give my daughter of 5 years old hylands complete cold and flu and childrens advil (ibuprofen)?

Likely: Check the ingredients and make sure you base the dose on her weight. If you have any doubt call your pharmacist who can be very helpful. All the best and I hope she feels better. ...Read more

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Read terrible possible deadly reactions from flu shots in children, is it worth taking the risk? How effective are the flu shots?

Read terrible possible deadly reactions from flu shots in children, is it worth taking the risk? How effective are the flu shots?

Flu shot: The riskiest part of getting a flu vaccine or giving one to your child is driving to the office to get it. The flu shot this year has about a 60% effectiveness. Children under the age of 5 are more likely to get serious complication from the flu itself. ...Read more

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Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Influenza vaccine: Broncho-vaxom is a conglomeration of bacteria said to less the severity or frequency of bronchitis or sinusitis in adults and the efficacy is not well established. Everybody should get the influenza vaccine. It is not only highly effective in reducing the risk of influenza, but may modify the severity if you get influenza. This infection can be deadly. Get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Do i need to get flu shots for my children again this year? Last year i got the flu shot for my 3 children. They did not ever get the flu. Do I have to get them the shot again this year? .

Do i need to get flu shots for my children again this year? Last year i got the flu shot for my 3 children. They did not ever get the flu. Do I have to get them the shot again this year? 

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Sounds : Sounds like the flu shot worked for you children. Flu shots are recommended each year, unless there are medical contraindications, because the strain of viruses that cause the flu differ each year. Based on previous years outbreaks, an analysis is done to identify potential virus threats for the coming year so that the drug companies can manufacture a vaccine specific to the threat. ...Read more

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I'm sick with the flu and I have small children. I'm concerned. ?

I'm sick with the flu and I have small children. I'm concerned. ?

It happens: If you have a verified case, you were likely contageous before diagnosis so the kids have been exposed.Depending on the situation your doc may consider Tamiflu or other med for you or to prevent the kids from having a bad case, but that decision must be made locally.Let the rest of the family know so they can help and protect themselves as needed. ...Read more

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Aren't doctors supposed to give children flu shots?

Aren't doctors supposed to give children flu shots?

Odd question: This procedure is usually performed by a nurse, but might be done by a doctor. ...Read more

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Is the flu vaccine also beneficial for children?

Yes: It is approved for infants after 6 mo of age and recommended yearly.The first season of use two doses are required a month apart under age 6. I think it is sad to let kids get flu when such a simple vaccine can prevent it. They are often more involved in settings where it is easily transferred, like day care or school. ...Read more

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Keep reading healthy adults and children dying from flu. How is this even happening? Why does it happen to some healthy people?

Keep reading healthy adults and children dying from flu. How is this even happening? Why does it happen to some healthy people?

Severity of disease: The epidemic flu that sweeps the country every year causes very severe symptoms usually makes healthy people sick for a week or more. Most healthy people do recover, but, if the infection is very strong, and people get bacterial complications that Infect various parts of the body, and they don't get to the proper medical services in time, they die from the complications. The flu shot may help prevent or at least reduce the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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What are complications that occur in children with the flu?

What are complications that occur in children with the flu?

See Below: Most of the time, kids recover from the flue without any problems. They can get ear infection, viral or bacterial pneumonia, or rarely, infection of the heart. ...Read more

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Why do children catch flu or fever easily? What is the best way to avoid that? Thanks

Why do children catch flu or fever easily? What is the best way to avoid that? Thanks

Behavior/vulnerablty: Newborns have passive protection from their mother against many common viruses but this fades by 3-5 months.After that point, they will experience on average 5-7 respiratory and 1-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr to age 5. As the do they build protective antibodies against similar germs. They are also very oral, touching their mouth with contaminated fingers often.Wash hands often, it improves with age. ...Read more

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I've heard of horrible reactions from flu shot, even death..why should I expose my children to this? Is it really worth the risk?

I've heard of horrible reactions from flu shot, even death..why should I expose my children to this? Is it really worth the risk?

Flushot concerns: I am a Pediatrician. I follow the CDC and AAP guidelines on Flushot administration and I have not had any severe reactions. We need to screen for possibility of reactions before we give ANY shot : not just the Flushot. We cannot give the Flushot if there is history of reactions to components of the vaccine in the past.The vaccine has protected so many patients from the "FLU" for so many years. ...Read more

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Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else.Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs.Was that to much?

Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else.Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs.Was that to much?

Probably: He took 3x the dosage you mentioned (3 tsp= 1 tablespoon) an adult dosage usually starts at 100 -120 pounds, 3 teaspoons would probably be an adult dose but would need to know the ingredients and the concentration per teaspoon to give you a more exact answer, . ...Read more

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Should children get flu vaccines?

Should children get flu vaccines?

No Question About It: The benefits of flu vaccine grossly outweigh any risks in preventing a serious, even life threatening disease. ...Read more

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Should i give my children the flu shot?

Should i give my children the flu shot?

I do.: It really upsets me to see my children feeling miserable. I want to protect them. ...Read more

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Can you give a 3year old, children's cold and flu medicine? If so how much?

AURI: If the colds is severe and kid can ' t breath good, try giving 1/2 tsp. 2x a day. No relief, increase dose to 1 tsp. Below 3 years old we do not give rx. ...Read more