A to Z: Flu (Influenza)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about influenza, a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract.flu, viral infection, respiratory illness, flu season, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, weakness, vaccination, flu shot01/11/201309/15/202009/15/20204dd7d00e-a805-4aa7-9860-65981b7832fehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-flu.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">flu</a> (influenza) is a very contagious viral infection of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">respiratory tract</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Flu viruses usually cause the most illness during the colder months of the year. Sometimes the flu is confused with a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a>, but flu symptoms come on suddenly and can be more severe.</p> <p>Flu symptoms include a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/">sore throat</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a>, cough, weakness, muscle pains, and loss of appetite. Fever and other symptoms usually end after about a week, but <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">coughing</a> and weakness may go on for longer.</p> <p>To cope with symptoms, drink lots of liquids, get plenty of rest, and take <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> to relieve fever and aches.</p> <p>Sometimes, the flu is a serious illness, and can lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumonia.html/">pneumonia</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, and other life-threatening problems. Infants, seniors, and people with long-term health problems are at the highest risk for serious problems from the flu.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>You can help protect your family from the flu by getting the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine-good.html/">flu vaccine</a> every year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated at the start of each flu season.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?Your child has a sore throat, cough, and a high fever. Is it COVID-19? Could it be the flu? Or just a cold? Here are tips on what to look for, and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vs-cold.html/16fd4bfe-f370-4bed-879d-e830fcc1b411
The Flu: Stop the SpreadFollow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu-spread.html/240e4b54-f6fd-4938-aa81-88a652d54e1b
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Too Late for the Flu Vaccine?It's best to get the flu vaccine early in flu season, so the body can make antibodies that protect it from the flu. But getting it later is better than not getting it at all.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/late-flu-shot.html/f7e80003-7e18-4323-80a7-7c3f5bb4808f
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