Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center want to make sure children are protected from influenza this flu season. The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by a variety of strains of influenza viruses that circulate in communities every year. According to the web site www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org, influenza claims the lives of about 100 children in the U.S. every year and hospitalizes around 20,000. And influenza is the 8th-leading cause of death in the United States among people of all ages.
Influenza season typically begins in December and peaks in February. Symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, cough and congestion.
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated either before or during the season. Cincinnati Children’s doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics give the following additional tips on how to stop the spread of flu germs:
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of just eight children's hospitals named to the Honor Roll in U.S. News and World Report's 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals. It is ranked #1 for digestive disorders and highly ranked for its expertise in pulmonology, cancer, neonatology, heart and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, diabetes and endocrinology, orthopedics, kidney disorders and urology. Cincinnati Children's is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for quality and transformation work by Leapfrog, The Joint Commission, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and by hospitals and health organizations it works with globally. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org