We are writing to inform you that we are currently having a number of cases of Influenza (flu). In order to assist with the prevention of the bug spreading, please read the below information carefully, and keep an eye on your child for any of the signs and symptoms of infection.
Influenza (flu) is a viral infection. Children may not show any symptoms when they are first infected, but then in the subsequent 1-4 days they may quickly experience:
- Fever and chills;
- Headache and muscle aches;
- Feeling tired and weak;
- Cough (a dry cough may linger for up to 10 days);
- Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose;
- Sore throat;
- A tummy ache, nausea and vomiting (not always, but sometimes).
It’s a bit like a very bad cold, but a cold doesn’t give you aches and pains. These viruses are highly contagious and spread very easily from one person to another. If you or your child have such symptoms, consult your doctor, should stay at home while you’re sick, cover your face when you sneeze or cough, and regularly wash your hands. If you are around someone with influenza, you can help to avoid getting sick by regularly wiping surfaces they touch (use a cleaning cloth with detergent) and washing your hands. Those infected should ensure that they keep on taking enough fluids.
As a preventative measure, it may also help to get a yearly vaccination against influenza.
We hope that you find this information useful.
Dr. Umber Shafique