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Influenza vaccination of children must be done before monsoon

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Health experts are suggesting influenza vaccination for all children. With influenza or flu and COVID-19 symptoms overlapping, experts believe the flu shot will help protect children and relieve parental panic. Many parents may have questions about what is Influenza or Flu and why they should consider protecting their child from it. In such a situation, they need to know about this disease and its prevention.

Influenza vaccination of children must be done before monsoon
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Dealing with the runny nose and cough of our kids has become an integral part of our lives today. But when symptoms like fever, stuffy nose and cold increase, then the risk of influenza for children increases. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that can affect the airways and lungs of a child.

A research conducted by John Hopkins suggests that while most children start feeling better within a week of influenza infection, some children may have more severe infections and may require hospital care. If the condition worsens, lung infection (pneumonia) can occur, which can even kill the child. Studies show that about one lakh children under the age of five are hospitalized every year due to influenza in India alone.

Who could be at risk?

Influenza can happen to anyone, by the way. However, there is a particular group in which there is a higher risk of getting this disease. This includes children between the ages of six months to five years, pregnant women, the elderly, 65 years of age or older, health workers, and those who have diseases such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, immunosuppression.

Influenza vaccination of children must be done before monsoon
Image Source- Google | Image By- Times Of India

 How to avoid Influenza?

There are many antiviral drugs to treat influenza, whose job is to stop the disease as soon as possible. Taking simple and effective measures can help prevent the spread of the infection.

These include these measures:

Teach children to cover their mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing

Wash hands thoroughly and regularly

Use sanitizer when water is not readily available

Maintain a safe distance and avoid direct contact with infected people

Wear a mask especially in public places

Have an annual influenza vaccination

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