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28 May 2012

You, your child and flu

The flu season is around the corner and kids are particularly at risk. In fact, research shows that children are 1,5 to 3 times more likely to get the flu than adults.

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The flu season is around the corner and kids are particularly at risk. In fact, research shows that children are 1,5 to 3 times more likely to get the flu than adults. To make matters worse, flu complications can be life-threatening. What should you, as a parent, know?

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Look out for signs of flu, so that you can act fast. Rapid onset of fever, dry cough, chills, muscle aches and headaches are common symptoms. Younger children tend to have high fevers and may experience stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Certain antiviral medicines can be given to children as young as one year of age. Speak to your doctor about suitable treatment the moment you start noticing symptoms. Remember, flu spreads like wildfire, so it's important to get proper treatment within 12 - 48 hours. 

 
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