StorkLine is a free 24-hour hotline answered by Baptist Health Paducah nurses at (270) 575-BABY. Here is a common question.
Question: Does my child need a flu shot?
Answer: Yes! The Centers for Disease Control reports 115 children and teenagers died from flu-related deaths last year. “It’s vital that children get vaccinated,” said Lyn Finelli, M.D., chief of the CDC’s Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team.
The first signs of flu are usually sore throat, cough and high fever, developing suddenly. When young children quit eating, that may be a clue they have a sore throat. If a child is well before school, but sick when he comes home, consider he might have the flu.
We all need to stay home when we have fever and other symptoms. That applies to keeping children home even from extra activities, like birthday parties and church.
The CDC says our flu season started earlier this year. Get vaccinated today!