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Keeping the Flu Bug Away: Tips for Ohio Parents

November 24, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Flu season has arrived, and while anyone can contract the influenza virus, doctors say children are especially susceptible. A pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Scott Callahan, says while generally mild, the flu can cause complications that can lead to hospitalization or even death.

The initial symptoms resemble the common cold, but are much more severe, he explains.

"The fever lasts for three, four, sometimes even five days, with lots of nasal secretions, lots of headaches, muscle aches and pains and persistent coughs."

Severe complications from the flu are most common in children younger than age 2 or those with chronic health problems such as asthma or diabetes, Callahan says. He urges parents to protect their child by getting them a flu shot - this year's vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza strains.

According to Callahan, the simplest way to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap.

"We're all out in public places touching things, and people are coughing and covering their hands to their mouth and then touching door knobs and faucets and everything else."

If soap and water are not available, he says hand sanitizers are a good second choice. He also suggests frequently washing toys, surfaces and other items children might contact.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH