Protecting your children from the flu


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/16 10:25 pm Published: 1/16 10:19 pm


Andrea Row is the mother of two small children. FOX23 found her at the Harvard Family Physicians medical building.

She said her kids weren't feeling well and she wanted her pediatrician to check them out.

With the increase in flu numbers here in Oklahoma, she's not taking any chances.

"I grew up with a mom in health care, so we always had the flu shot growing up. And it's just better to protect than to risk getting so sick and having that chance of fatality," said Row.

Row said her heart dropped when she learned a child under the age of 4 had already died from the flu this year.

"I try not to think about it because if I do I will cry. I work at a child care center and we've had so many kids that have had the flu, but we haven't had any fatalities," Row said.

Doctors told FOX23 parents can do more than just get their child a flu shot.

"Have the children use their own drinking glass, and try to keep them out of the supermarket, and from going here and there, the theater and everywhere," said Dr. Ken Muckala.

It's also a good idea to watch for these symptoms.

"The child will become ill out of proportion to the disease, so feel achy, to have a fever to 101, or complain of a sore throat or have a dry cough or complain of a headache or be listless or don't feel like eating and just lay around," Dr. Muckala said.


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