Flu hitting the young very hard

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to Vaccine News Daily, 18 children have died in the United States from flu complications.

Here in Region 8, there have been no flu related deaths but the amount of kids visiting the Doctor is significant. Dr. Beck with the St. Bernard's Children's Clinic said they have seen quite a bit of flu related cases in the early start of the flu season.

"Somewhere around 70, that's been over about the last four weeks," said Dr. Beck.

The number one prevention of the flu is getting a child vaccinated before flu season actually begins.

"Get your kid vaccinated. Anybody six months or older needs to get a flu vaccine every year," Dr. Beck said.

Talking to your kids about practicing healthy habits in the home and especially at school can also keep children from catching the flu. Dr. Beck said washing hands often can make a big difference.

"Good hand washing, a lot of soap and water. Don't be drinking after other kids at school this time of year because it's going to be going around the schools," said Dr. Beck.

Dr. Beck said symptoms range from high fever, respiratory problems, nausea and vomiting. If your child is experiencing any of these things to make an appointment with your child's pediatrician. Early detection can prevent the virus from serious health problems.

"I wouldn't wait more than a day or two, especially if their running a real high fever with it," said Dr. Beck.

Teachers can also play a big role in keeping their students free from the virus by discussing healthy habits to the classroom.

"It's a good time of year to give a little health education. In terms of not drinking after each other good hand washing and not coughing in each other's faces, those kind of things," Dr. Beck said.

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