Seasonal Influenza (Flu) in Children and Newborn

Its cold season and parents specially mothers want to protect their children from flu. It’s different from the common cold. Influenza virus is more dangerous for children because their body defense (immune) system is very weak.

Vaccination is the best way to protect child from flu but you have to remember that the vaccine is for 6 months and older children. So newborn children need more care and protection because they can’t be vaccinated.

Seasonal Influenza flu in children

How do the Influenza virus spread

Flu virus commonly spread when a person with influenza talk, cough or sneeze. Than the small droplets will transfer the virus to the second person. Also sometime virus transfers when you touch surfaces which has been polluted by virus and then touch your mouth or nose. So it’s really recommended that regular hand washing can decrees the virus spread and can protect you and your baby from flu.

Seasonal Influenza flu in children

Common flu symptoms

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Body pain

How to protect children from Influenza

Influenza flu Vaccine children

Older than 6 month children

Vaccination is the best protection for Influenza: everyone older than six month should get vaccinated every year. It’s very important for children between 1-6 years because they are at high risk of Influenza.

Between 2-8 years age some children need two doses of influenza vaccine after about 1 month. Your doctor will give you the exact time for vaccine.

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Younger than 6 months

You cannot get vaccinated you child if he/she is less than six months. But you can do some general prevention in your home to protect your newborn child. All family members except the newborn child get vaccinated in home to prevent get influenza and its virus spread in home.

How to look after them after getting flu

  • If you see flu symptoms you should try to minimize your contact with child as much as possible
  • Cover your face with a tissue when cough and sneeze and use the tissues just for 1 time.
  • Wash your hand regularly with soup and water.

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