Tuesday, October 29 2013, 05:08 PM MDT
Donna Barhorst, MD: Complications of the Flu
(KUTV) Donna Barhorst, MD a Pediatrician with Intermountain Healthcare joined us in studio to talk about possible complications with vaccinations.
About 100 children every year die of complications of Influenza in the US., children under a year of age are at the highest risk.
20,000 children less then age 5 years are hospitalized every year due to complications of Influenza.
Complications such as secondary ear and sinus infections, bacterial pneumonia, dehydrations, worsening of chronic medical conditions like asthma and diabetes can arise.
School age children can be home from school 5-7 days with fever and lethargy.
Annual vaccinations against Influenza is recommended for all people age 6 month and older who do not have contraindication to the vaccine.
Influenza or "The Flu" is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus, it is not the same as "a common cold" or GI illness. Symptoms include: Fever, body aches, sore throat, headache, cough, congestion and fatigue.
Influenza may be contagious for 24 hours before any symptoms develop and can easily spread through coughing and sneezing.
There are serious complications from the Flu, especially in the very young and old.
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