This year’s flu season is one of the worst on record, and has already
claimed the lives of 37 children, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. That’s why it’s so important for your
child to get the flu vaccine. In fact, pediatricians recommend that children
as young as 6 months old be vaccinated annually.
The influenza virus is highly contagious, so be aware of the symptoms,
- Sore throat
- Fever and chills
- Muscle aches
- Cough and congestion
If you suspect your child may be sick with the flu, make an appointment
to see your doctor as soon as possible. For a list of Baton Rouge General
primary care physicians,
During flu season (now through April), do your part to help prevent the
spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover your mouth when you cough. (It’s best to cough into the crook
of your arm rather than your hand.)
- Stay home from school or work if you’re sick.
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick.