Flu Prevention & Treatment in Louisville, KY
2021-2022 Guide to The Flu
Children, especially those younger than 5 years, are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. The flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting the flu and spreading it to others.
Influenza, or the flu, is a seasonal and very common illness. Each year the influenza virus evolves, making it difficult to prevent long-term. Therefore, it is recommended that you and your child get a flu vaccine each year during flu season near the beginning of fall. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after vaccination.
Even though the symptoms are similar to the common cold, they can become severe enough to lead to other illnesses and even cause death. On average 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to the flu, and nearly 140 pediatric deaths are related to it.
At Kaplan Barron Pediatric Group, our board-certified pediatricians provide comprehensive flu testing and treatment at our office in Louisville, KY. Their are many different ways to prevent the flu but the best defense is the flu shot. We encourage patients to receive their routine flu shots in order to stay as prepared for flu season as possible. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of the flu, please contact our pediatric clinic in Louisville, KY at (502) 452-6337 and schedule an appointment for flu testing today.
Tips for Preventing the Flu
There are a number of measures that the CDC recommends that you and your child should take to avoid getting and spreading the flu. These include:
- Avoid close contact. Especially contact with those who are sick. When you are sick you should also avoid contact with others.
- Stay home when you are sick. Not only will this help prevent the spread of germs, but it will ensure that you don’t over-exert yourself if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Sneezing and coughing are the easiest ways for viruses to spread. Cover your mouth if you are sick.
- Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often, not just when you use the restroom. You pick up a lot of germs on your hands throughout the day, and if you’re out in public during flu season, there’s a good chance you’ll pick up the flu.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Even if you keep your hands clean, viruses easily enter the body through the orifices on your face.
- Practice good health habits. Make sure to disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot. For example, wipe down a shopping cart handle with a wipe before using. Additionally, make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious food and drink a lot of fluids.
- Make sure you teach these good habits to your child so when they are not by your side, they will help prevent the flu from spreading.
Flu Season and Immunization
The flu season can start in October and last until May, but the bulk of flu cases happen between December through February. It is important to stay up-to-date in your area, as flu outbreaks happen at a local level.
Make sure to schedule an appointment to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccination becomes available. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s/pediatrician’s office, most pharmacies and even school health centers. The typical flu vaccine protects against what research indicates will be the most common viruses during the season, specifically Influenza A virus (H1N1 and H3N2) and a strand of Influenza B virus. Therefore, even if you get the vaccine, you may still get the flu virus, but a flu shot is the best preventative measure you can take.
Luckily, the flu for the most part is self-treatable. Eventually, it will pass with plenty of rest, drinking a lot of fluids and medication. Your body will fight the infection on its own.
Typically, a doctor will prescribe you or your child Tamiflu, Relenza, or Peramivir injection if diagnosed with the flu. Call your pediatrician for questions about OTC medication to relieve flu symptoms.
What’s New This Flu Season?
According to the CDC, here are some updates for the 2021-2022 season
A couple of things are new this season:
- Kaplan Barron Pediatrics will offer two types of flu vaccines this year. The traditional “flu shot” and also a nasal spray.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the “flu shot” as the best choice for children in the 2021-2022 season
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today
Since 1948, the board-certified pediatricians at Kaplan Barron Pediatric Group have provided comprehensive flu testing and treatment to patients in Louisville, KY. If your child, is exhibiting symptoms of the flu, they will take the time to diagnose their symptoms and discover the best treatment option for your child. To schedule your child’s flu shot appointment, please call (502) 452-6337.