What is the management of influenza?

Influenza can be prevented by a recent influenza immunisation (especially if given just before the winter months).

  1. Bed rest.
  2. Make sure the child has an adequate amount to drink.
  3. Paracetamol for fever, headache and muscle pains.
  4. Antibiotics are only indicated if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected, e.g. pneumonia.

As the influenza virus continually changes, one can have repeated attacks of influenza. It is also important to have immunisation which covers the virus that is current that year. Immunisation is particularly important in children with chronic lung disease, e.g. asthma and cystic fibrosis.

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