Influenza Prevention & Treatment in Children

Annual influenza vaccination is a primary and effective measure for preventing flu in children. It is recommended for all eligible children, typically starting at six months of age. Teaching children proper hand hygiene, including regular handwashing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, can reduce the risk of influenza transmission. Educate children on covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. Encourage children to avoid close contact with individuals who are sick, and teach them to recognize and maintain distance from those showing flu-like symptoms.Promoting overall health through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can strengthen a child's immune system and enhance resistance to infections, including influenza.In cases where a child develops influenza, antiviral medications prescribed by a healthcare professional can help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms if administered early in the illness.

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Dr. Rama Krishna Cheruvu
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Dr. Rama Krishna Cheruvu

Senior Consultant Pediatrician at Mayflower Hospital & Trinity Hospital in Hyderabad.

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