Influenza, known as the common flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that frequently causes infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It may also involve many other body systems and occasionally cause severe illness especially in the young and elderly.
The symptoms of Influenza can vary in severity from mild to severe.
Common symptoms are:
If your child has Influenza, care should be focused on providing adequate hydration, and being alert to signs that your child may have serious Influenza. Rest and plenty of oral fluids are important for speedy recovery. If there are no complications, your child should recover in 1 to 2 weeks.
It is recommended for your child to be immunised with the Influenza vaccine every year once he or she is 6 months old.