Tips to combat widespread flu outbreak
Dr. Neeta Ogden weighs in
- Duration 3:38
- Date Jan 12, 2013
Dr. Neeta Ogden weighs in
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-- -- of our top stories today the CDC reports that the flu is now officially an epidemic in the US thousands are hospitalized and twenty children have died.
Because of flu associated illnesses the -- especially among parents is spreading almost as much as the germs.
So what we do to keep our kids healthy today doctor need Ogden.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And it takes time for the vaccine to kick -- about two weeks so.
Sooner the better especially now on the height of the from season one of the -- -- is less than six months can not get the flu vaccine but.
Pregnant women should get the flu vaccine because.
That won't transfer and -- bodies to their newborn babies during those months when they can't have the backing of messages -- are there risks associated for pregnant women and for children with incest.
In the risks are relatively minor you might get an eight -- around your arm if you get the live vaccine in the -- you might get a sore throat or runny -- the benefits are huge.
It's scary when your child -- you know it's really scary there out of it and you don't know.
When you're supposed to -- to the hospital what are the warning signs for when something can't just be treated at home.
The big thing with the flu you're looking for -- high fever.
On and that really kind of distinguishes it from the regular garden variety cold.
Also if your talent -- seems more out of it a lot of Malays fatigue.
If it gets even worse run around -- seemed very dehydrated because bombing can be part of flip those are real telltale signs can really don't even wait that long at this point.
Think about when you see your pediatrician earlier than later because the flu is caught in the first 48 hours you can actually give your child anti viral medication he's about like -- -- -- like ten for a -- that would -- the course of the -- disease what temperature would really.
What number would really get your attention you know with -- you start seeing numbers as high as one of 3104.
I think that when your child has a fever of one no one even at this point in this flu season start thinking about when -- your pediatrician because they can also swap their news is and do the rapid flu test.
Which can give you a quick diagnosis of -- is happening.
If your child has been vaccinated -- gets the flu anyway does that mean that the course will be shorter or more virulent.
You know they've shown that having the flu vaccine can still -- -- even if you don't have the -- if your flu what you have doesn't match.
A street from the vaccine it can still protect you so it -- lessen the course and make it less severe for your child.
A lot of kids in I'm not a lot there's a handful of kids in my children such a class that are allergic to things allergic to dairy allergic to eggs can you get the flu vaccine -- that -- is great question because a lot of recent research in the world of allergy.
You can't it is now safer egg allergic kids to get the flu vaccine so it's a parent has a child that he had the flu vaccine because they're egg allergic.
Please go revisit this issue with your pediatrician -- -- our guests let's talk about preventing it for kids that are not sick obviously lots of hand washing your system sing happy birthday I want -- wash -- hands and make sure that you're seeing your washing for long enough.
What about vitamins what about Orange -- any of that really well I think it guys -- think just continuing healthy lifestyles getting lots of sleep having a good diet.
Multi vitamins with immune boosting things like Omega threes all of this can help even if your child -- get sick so.
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keyboards in your steering -- things that you're touching all the time that you've been out of the world doing the things that you do -- that's a great -- I haven't done that yet doctor -- -- -- thanks so much for all -- about thank -- for having me again.