Influenza or “the flu” is a contagious viral respiratory infection. It is spread from person to person and can cause mild to severe symptoms. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and often include: fever over 102°F, stuffy nose, nausea, chills and sweats, fatigue, muscle aches, cough, headache, and loss of appetite. Flu symptoms usually last for one to two weeks.
Coughs are one of the most common symptoms of childhood illness and should not be confused with the flu. Although a cough can sound awful, it’s not usually a sign of a serious condition as long as they do not “whoop” after prolonged episodes of coughing or having fits of coughing that are so severe that they can’t stop to catch their breath. Continue reading