Health & Wellness 19130945

Published on June 14th, 2012 | by Dr. Cristina Garcia


Fight Against the Flu

It is out of character to be talking about the flu so late in the season; however, nothing is impossible. Over the past 2 weeks Volusia Pediatrics has seen an increase in patients presenting with flu symptoms and testing positive for the flu. Regardless if your child received a Flu vaccine you should still take steps to practice good hygiene. Here are some great tips to reduce your child’s chances of contracting the Flu.

Reduce your risk:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Signs and Symptoms in Children:

  • A high-grade fever up to 104 degrees F
  • Chills and shakes with the fever
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Headache and body aches
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting and belly pain

If your child is showing signs and symptoms you should seek medical attention so a full evaluation, testing and evaluation for anti-viral medication can be prescribed if deemed necessary by your child’s pediatrician. There is no single step that can be taken to totally prevent the flu; however, receiving the flu shot from your pediatrician and practicing good hygiene will greatly reduce your child’s chances of contracting the virus. If you have any further questions we encourage you to contact your child’s pediatrician.

About the Author

has been a practicing physician in the field of pediatrics for 15 years. She attended the University of Miami, School of Nursing and continued her education at the Universidad Central del Este School of Medicine in San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic, where she received her Medical Degree. She completed her Pediatric Residency training at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando. In addition, she was chosen as the Pediatric Chief Resident for an additional year. For 4 years, Dr. Garcia worked as the Medical Director in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She also worked in various pediatric emergency departments as well as pediatric offices throughout central Florida.

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