Le Bonheur Sees Upsurge in Kids With Flu Symptoms

Swine flu could be rapidly spreading in Shelby County based on the numbers of children with flu-like symptoms visiting Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center’s emergency department.
The hospital has been treating about 100 to 150 additional children each day in its ER since Aug. 23, said Jennifer Parris, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Le Bonheur has scheduled a press conference Monday morning with physicians to communicate key points about the flu.
In the meantime, the hospital is circulating a question and answer sheet.
H1N1 (swine flu) and seasonal flu have similar symptoms of fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, lack of appetite and stomach symptoms (which occur more commonly in children.)
The hospital advises parents to use the same judgment as with any flu season in deciding when to seek treatment for a child with these symptoms.
Parents are also advised to teach their children the importance of frequent and thorough hand washing and to teach them to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
For more information about protecting yourself and your family from the flu, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ or http://health.state.tn.us/ or www.lebonheur.org.

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