Children most affected by H1N1 virus

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Pediatricians are seeing almost double the number of patients this year than in the past because of the flu outbreak.

Dr. Michael Ramsey with Dothan Pediatric Clinic said, “We are having between 50 and 100 positive flu tests a day."

The H1N1 virus continues to spread. Emilee is one of hundreds of children diagnosed with the virus this week alone.

Dr. Ramsey said, “Over the last two weeks we've seen a marked increase in the number of flu cases, we'd usually see 200 patients and we've jumped to about 500 patients a day."

While pediatricians say the H1N1 virus can be serious they also say it's not necessary to bring all sick children to the doctor.

Dr. Ramsey said, "We're just seeing fever and aches that last a few days, so most healthy children can treat these symptoms at home so they don’t have to come to the doctor."

Most children with flu like symptoms can be treated with over the counter medications.

Dr. Angie Blaxton with Southeastern Pediatric Associates said, “We recommend symptomatic treatment, rest, Motrin to keep the fever down."

In a few days most symptoms will disappear.

You do need to take your child to the doctor's office if they have flu like symptoms coupled with asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes or any other disorder that puts them an increased risk for severe complications from the virus.

Pediatricians also are encouraging parents to postpone routine doctor's visits, like physicals, for their children until the pandemic subsides.

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  • by KDK Location: TX on Aug 29, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    It is the flu... you are so paranoid of contracting the flu, you actually want to get a live flu virus injected with all kinds of nasties, including squalene... look it up if you haven't heard about it. It will be a long-term debilitating effect. When you go to your 'dr' in a few years with many diseases, such as diabetes, MS, cancers, it will be told to you that it is in your genes (for it could never be the toxic food, toxic water, toxic air, or toxic meds). These shots aren't free, but the same billionaires that make money everytime you fill your tank, are the same ones who benefit off your suffering and all pharms. If you could actually research and CONNECT the dots, you would NEVER submit a child to this... never. You will have to watch your children develop an autoimmune disease claimed to be natural. Squalene effects fertility as well as the peripheral and central nervous system makeup. Good luck. Hope yo all decide to think for yourself and not the idiot box $$$$$$$$$
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