Doctors warn: flu risk high as children head back to school

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Doctors warn that despite the warmer weather, flu season is in full effect.

According to the CDC, nineteen states are showing high levels of flu activity compared to nine states last week and 13 children have died from the flu this season.

80 percent of the children who died last year had not received a flu shot. 

Symptoms of flu include a dry cough, runny nose, red eyes, high fever and muscle aches.

If your child does get sick, doctors say it is important to get them in for an office visit within 48 hours. After that time, they say, treatment options are limited.

“We always encourage people to continue to get vaccinated throughout the season,” said pediatrician Dr. Kendra Hall. “It’s not too late, even if you get influenza A, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t potentially develop influenza B later on in the season. So, there’s still some benefit from getting vaccinated even if you did get the flu.”

To prevent spreading flu germs, doctors advise frequently washing of hands, getting plenty of rest, and eating a healthy diet.

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