Sutter Amador Pediatrics Office Recommends Vaccinations to Protect from Seasonal, H1N1 Flu Viruses
“Parents as caregivers should stay in tune to how a child is feeling and be aware of any behavior that is unusual for them. Many flu symptoms are similar, but knowing the differences between the seasonal flu and H1N1 can help everyone best care for a child,” said Sutter Amador Pediatrics’ Amy Appleton, M.D., a pediatrician with Sutter Medical Foundation. “The flu shot provides good coverage and if you do get the vaccination and end up with the flu, in most cases it will be far milder than getting the flu, which is miserable. We have the means to provide protection.”
All types of flu can cause fever, coughing and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills and fatigue. H1N1 flu symptoms can be similar to seasonal flu symptoms but may be more severe. There may be additional symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea.
Sutter Amador Pediatrics features four physicians – David Stone, M.D., Aye Moe, M.D., Amy Appleton, M.D. and Denise Lack, Ph.D. – who are excited to care for your young ones. The office, located at 100 Mission Blvd., is now accepting new patients.
Flu shots are now available to patients in the Amador Pediatrics office.
If your child gets the flu, there are measures to take in order to prevent its spread – keep a sick child home away from child care, school or other public places. Only take a sick child out of the home to get medical care.
A sick child needs plenty of rest and must drink clear liquids (such as water, electrolyte beverages for infants, sports drinks for older children) to help them from becoming dehydrated.
It’s often hard to know when to pick up the phone and call your doctor. Call your physician immediately if your child shows signs of:
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not urinating or no tears when crying
- Persistent vomiting
- Being so irritable that your child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with a fever and worse cough
Remember to seek emergency care if your child has bluish or gray skin color, has fast or troubled breathing or has not woken up or can’t interact with you.