Influenza (flu): An overviewIInfluenza (flu): An overviewInfluenza (flu): An overviewEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Headache;Sore throat2019-12-04T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC; Shaun Morris, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP, DTM&H​​7.1000000000000070.10000000000001335.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Although the flu is very common, it can be dangerous for some people including young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems or other underlying diseases. Learn more about the flu and how to protect against it.</p><h2>What is influenza?</h2><p>Influenza (flu) is a lung infection caused by specific influenza viruses. People can get the flu at any time of year, but it is more common in the fall and winter. <br></p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Influenza (flu) is not the same as the common cold. </li><li>Flu is caused by the influenza virus. </li><li>Most people who get the flu do not get seriously ill and will have symptoms for two to seven days. </li><li>You can reduce your risk of getting the flu by getting a flu shot each year and washing your hands frequently. </li><li>If your child has the flu they should stay home and rest. If they do not start to feel better after a few days or if symptoms get worse, call your child’s primary care provider. </li></ul><h2>Common symptoms of the flu</h2><p>People who get the flu usually have some or all of the following symptoms:</p><ul><li> <a href="/article?contentid=30&language=english">fever</a></li><li>muscle aches</li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=29&language=english">headache</a></li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=748&language=english">sore throat</a></li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=774&language=english">cough</a></li><li>fatigue and weakness</li></ul><p>Most of these symptoms usually last for two to seven days. Rare but serious complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia and influenza infection of the brain. </p><h2>The flu can be serious for some people</h2><p>Most people who have the flu will not become seriously ill. But the flu can be more serious for some people. Typically, those most at risk are in one of the following groups:</p><ul><li>Children under two years of age</li><li>People 65 years of age or older</li><li>People living in long-term care facilities such as a nursing home, a home for the aged or a chronic care hospital </li><li>People with chronic heart, lung or kidney disease</li><li>People with diabetes, cancer, immune system problems or sickle cell anaemia</li><li>Children and teenagers aged six months to 18 years who have been treated with <a href="/article?contentid=77&language=english">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> for long periods </li><li>People who have trouble clearing mucus from their nose and throat because of weakness or underlying illness</li></ul><p>These groups, and anyone who lives or works with people from these groups, should generally be immunized each year with the flu vaccine (flu shot). That way, people from these high-risk groups are less likely to be infected with the flu. </p><h2>Treating the flu</h2><p>If you or your child have the flu, stay home and rest. Usually, treatment is focused on the symptoms the person is feeling. For example, if your child has a fever, you can give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever. </p><p>Do not give <a href="/article?contentid=77&language=english">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> to a child under 16 years of age. Do not give cough medicines to children under six years of age. Always read the label before giving any medicine.</p><p>In addition to fluids and pain medicine, other ways to treat flu symptoms include:</p><ul><li>applying heat on painful areas for short periods of time using a hot water bottle or heating pad to reduce muscle pain</li><li>taking a warm bath</li><li>gargling with a glass of warm water</li><li>using saline drops or spray and suction to clear a stuffy nose</li><li>keeping your home smoke free</li></ul><p>Call your child’s primary care provider if the above measures do not relieve your child's flu symptoms and your child feels worse or if you are worried.</p><h2>If your child has the flu in the hospital </h2><p>Your child will be placed in a single room and will not be able to visit the playroom until they are feeling better. Ask the child life specialist to bring toys and supplies to your child’s room.</p><p>Hospital staff will be wearing a mask, eye protection, gloves and gowns when they visit.</p><p>Wash your hands often, either with alcohol-based hand rubs or soap and water, before and after touching your child and before leaving your child's room. Hospital staff should wash their hands as well.</p><p>If you or anyone else who has visited becomes ill with symptoms of the flu, let your child's doctor or nurse know. </p><h2>When to seek medical attention</h2><p>Go see a doctor or to hospital if your baby is less than three months old and:</p><ul><li>has a fever</li><li>has fast or difficult breathing</li><li>is vomiting or not feeding</li></ul><p>Go see a doctor if your child:</p><ul><li>is more sleepy than usual</li><li>is more fussy than usual</li><li>is not drinking enough fluids or has not peed at least every six hours when awake</li><li>is vomiting</li><li>is having chest or stomach pain</li><li>is not feeling better after five days or gets better but then suddenly gets worse</li></ul><p>Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department immediately if your child:</p><ul><li>is breathing quickly, or seems to be working hard to breathe</li><li>is very weak, dizzy, hard to wake up or does not respond well</li><li>is very fussy or cannot be comforted</li><li>is limping or refusing to walk</li><li>has bluish or dark-coloured lips or skin</li><li>has a stiff neck, severe headache or a seizure</li><li>has a very fast heart rate, even when the fever is down</li></ul><p>If you have any concerns, call your doctor or your local public health agency. In Ontario, you can also call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p><p>If you or your child is in a high-risk group, call your doctor right away when you get flu symptoms. There are specific anti-viral medicines available to help treat flu. These medicines must be started early in the illness to be effective. Contact your child's doctor for more information. </p>
Influenza (grippe)IInfluenza (grippe)Influenza (flu): An overviewFrenchInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Headache;Sore throat2019-12-04T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC; Shaun Morris, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP, DTM&H​​1040.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Même si la grippe est très fréquente, elle peut très dangereuse pour certain, y compris les jeunes enfants, les personnes âgées et les gens dont le système immunitaire est compromis. Apprenez-en davantage sur l'influenza et comment se protéger.<br></p><h2>Qu'est-ce que l'influenza?</h2> <p>L'influenza (la grippe) est une infection pulmonaire causée par un virus. Les gens contractent la grippe à tou​t moment de l'année, mais elle est plus fréquente en automne et en hiver. </p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>L'influenza (grippe) est différente du rhume.</li><li>La grippe est causée par le virus de l’influenza. </li><li>La plupart des gens qui attrapent la grippe ne tombent pas gravement malades et présenteront des symptômes pendant deux à sept jours.</li><li>Se faire vacciner tous les ans et se laver les mains fréquemment peut aider à prévenir la grippe.</li><li>Si vous ou votre enfant êtes infecté, le mieux est de rester à la maison et de vous reposer. Si l'état de votre enfant ou le vôtre ne s'améliore pas au bout de quelques jours ou si les symptômes s'aggravent, communiquez avec votre médecin.</li></ul><h2>Symptômes courants de la grippe</h2><p>Les personnes atteintes de la grippe présentent habituellement la totalité ou une partie de ces symptômes : </p><ul><li><a href="/article?contentid=30&language=french">fièvre</a></li><li>douleurs musculaires</li><li><a href="/article?contentid=29&language=french">maux de tête</a></li><li><a href="/article?contentid=748&language=french">maux de gorge</a></li><li><a href="/article?contentid=774&language=french">toux</a></li><li>fatigue ou faiblesse</li></ul><p>La plupart de ces symptômes durent environ de deux à sept jours. Des complications rares mais graves de la grippe sont possibles, comme une pneumonie bactérienne et une infection grippale du cerveau. <br></p><h2>La grippe peut être grave pour certaines personnes</h2><p>La plupart des gens qui attrapent la grippe ne seront pas gravement malades, mais la grippe peut être plus grave pour certaines personnes. Habituellement, les personnes les plus à risque font partie de l'un des groupes suivants : </p><ul><li>enfants très jeunes, âgés de moins de deux ans;</li><li>personnes âgées de 65 ans ou plus;</li><li>personnes qui vivent dans des établissements de soins de longue durée, comme un foyer de soins, une résidence pour personnes âgées ou un hôpital de soins chroniques;</li><li>personnes aux prises avec une maladie cardiaque, pulmonaire ou rénale chronique; </li><li>personnes qui ont du diabète, un cancer, des problèmes de système immunitaire ou l'anémie falciforme;</li><li>enfants et adolescents âgés de six mois à 18 ans qui ont déjà pris de l'<a href="/article?contentid=77&language=french">acide acétylsalicylique</a> (AAS) pendant de longues périodes; </li><li>personnes qui ont de la difficulté à évacuer le mucus du nez et de la gorge parce qu'elles sont trop faibles ou ont une maladie sous-jacente. </li></ul><p>Toute personne qui vit ou travaille avec des personnes qui font partie de ces groupes doit être immunisée grâce au vaccin antigrippal. De cette manière, il y a moins de risques que les personnes qui font partie des groupes à risque élevé soient infectées par le virus de la grippe.<br></p><h2>Traitement de la grippe</h2><p>Si vous ou votre enfant êtes infecté, restez à la maison et reposez-vous. Habituellement, le traitement est centré sur les symptômes ressentis par la personne. Par exemple, si votre enfant a de la fièvre, vous pouvez lui donner de l'acétaminophène pour la réduire. </p><p>Ne donnez pas d'<a href="/article?contentid=77&language=french">acide acétylsalicylique</a> (AAS) aux enfants âgés de moins de 16 ans. Ne donnez pas des médicaments contre la toux aux enfants de moins de six ans. Lisez toujours les instructions sur l'étiquette avant d'administrez aucun médicament.<br></p><p>En plus des liquides et des analgésiques, voici d'autres façons de soulager les symptômes de la grippe :</p><ul><li>appliquer de la chaleur sur les muscles endoloris pendant de courtes périodes à l'aide d'une bouillotte ou d'un coussin chauffant;<br></li><li>prendre un bain chaud;<br></li><li>se gargariser avec de l'eau tiède;<br></li><li>pour un nez congestionné, utiliser un vaporisateur ou des gouttes de solution saline et une poire à succion;<br></li><li>faites de votre domicile un milieu sans fumée.<br></li></ul><p>Consultez votre fournisseur de soins primaires si les mesures ci-dessus n'aident pas à soulager les symptômes de votre enfant et si ses symptômes s'aggravent ou si vous êtes inquiet.</p><h2>Votre enfant est grippé à l'hôpital</h2><p>Votre enfant sera placé dans une chambre privée et ne pourra pas aller à la salle de jeu avant qu'il n'aille mieux. Demandez à l'éducateur en milieu pédiatrique d'apporter des jouets et des fournitures dans la chambre. </p><p>Le personnel de l'hôpital portera un masque, des lunettes de protection, des gants et des blouses d'hôpital quand il visitera votre enfant. </p><p>Lavez-vous les mains souvent, soit avec des tampons d'alcool soit avec de l'eau et du savon, avant et après de toucher votre enfant et avant de sortir de sa chambre. Le personnel de l'hôpital doit aussi se laver les mains. </p><p>Si vous ou une autre personne ayant rendu visite à l'enfant présentez des symptômes ou tombez malade, dites-le au médecin ou à l'infirmier. </p><h2>Quand rechercher une aide médicale</h2><p>Consultez un m​édecin ou rendez-vous à l'hôpital si votre bébé est âgé de moins de trois mois et qu'il :</p><ul><li>a de la fièvre;<br></li><li>respire rapidement ou difficilement;<br></li><li>vomit ou refuse les tétés.</li></ul><p>Consultez un​ médecin si votre enfant :</p><ul><li>est plus somnolent que d’habitude;<br></li><li>est plus grincheux que d’habitude;<br></li><li>ne boit pas assez de liquides ou n'urine pas au moins toutes les six heures quand il est réveillé;<br></li><li>vomit;<br></li><li>a mal à la poitrine ou à l’estomac;<br></li><li>ne se sent pas mieux au bout de cinq jours ou bien son état s'améliore, puis s'aggrave soudainement.</li></ul><p>Composez​ le 911 ou rendez-vous immédiatement aux services d'urgence les plus proches si votre enfant :</p><ul><li>respire rapidement ou semble y travailler fort;<br></li><li>se sent faible ou étourdi, est difficile à réveiller ou ne réagit pas;<br></li><li>est très grincheux et vous n’arrivez pas à le réconforter;<br></li><li>boite ou refuse de marcher;<br></li><li>a les lèvres ou la peau bleuâtres ou d'une teinte foncée;<br></li><li>a le cou rigide, a un mal de tête sévère ou est pris de convulsions;<br></li><li>a un rythme cardiaque très rapide, même lorsque la fièvre s’est abaissée.</li></ul><p>Si vous vous préoccupez de l'état de votre enfant, communiquez avec votre médecin ou avec votre service de santé publique local. En Ontario, vous pouvez aussi appeler Télésanté Ontario au 1-866-797-0000.</p><p>Si vous ou votre enfant faites partie d'un des groupes à risque élevé, appelez votre médecin au moment que vous remarquez des symptômes de la grippe. Il existe des antiviraux spécifiques qui aide à traiter la grippe, mais il faut les commencer au début de la maladie pour qu'ils soient efficaces. Communiquez avec le médecin de votre enfant pour en savoir davantage.</p>
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流行性感冒(流感): 概述流行性感冒(流感): 概述Influenza (flu)ChineseSimplifiedNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-11-17T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CICAnne Matlow, MD, FRCPC71.00000000000006.000000000000001040.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z了解兒童流行性感冒症狀與預防方法,以及各種流行性感冒治療方法。
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Influenza (gripe)IInfluenza (gripe)Influenza (Flu)SpanishNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-11-17T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CICAnne Matlow, MD, FRCPC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>La influenza o gripe es una enfermedad frecuente. Infórmese sobre la vacuna contra la gripe para personas en riesgo y lea sobre el tratamiento de la gripe.</p>
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انفلوئنزا (فلو)اانفلوئنزا (فلو)Influenza (Flu)UrduNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-11-17T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CICAnne Matlow, MD, FRCPC71.00000000000006.000000000000001040.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Zاگر چہ وبائی زکام بہت عام ہے تاہم یہ کم مدافعتی نظام والے افراد کیلئے خطرناک ہوسکتا ہے۔ بچوں کے انفلوئنزا (وبائی زکام) کے بارے میں پڑھیں۔

 

 

 

 

Influenza (flu): An overview763.000000000000Influenza (flu): An overviewInfluenza (flu): An overviewIEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Headache;Sore throat2019-12-04T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC; Shaun Morris, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP, DTM&H​​7.1000000000000070.10000000000001335.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Although the flu is very common, it can be dangerous for some people including young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems or other underlying diseases. Learn more about the flu and how to protect against it.</p><h2>What is influenza?</h2><p>Influenza (flu) is a lung infection caused by specific influenza viruses. People can get the flu at any time of year, but it is more common in the fall and winter. <br></p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Influenza (flu) is not the same as the common cold. </li><li>Flu is caused by the influenza virus. </li><li>Most people who get the flu do not get seriously ill and will have symptoms for two to seven days. </li><li>You can reduce your risk of getting the flu by getting a flu shot each year and washing your hands frequently. </li><li>If your child has the flu they should stay home and rest. If they do not start to feel better after a few days or if symptoms get worse, call your child’s primary care provider. </li></ul><h2>Common symptoms of the flu</h2><p>People who get the flu usually have some or all of the following symptoms:</p><ul><li> <a href="/article?contentid=30&language=english">fever</a></li><li>muscle aches</li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=29&language=english">headache</a></li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=748&language=english">sore throat</a></li><li> <a href="/article?contentid=774&language=english">cough</a></li><li>fatigue and weakness</li></ul><p>Most of these symptoms usually last for two to seven days. Rare but serious complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia and influenza infection of the brain. </p><h2>The flu can be serious for some people</h2><p>Most people who have the flu will not become seriously ill. But the flu can be more serious for some people. Typically, those most at risk are in one of the following groups:</p><ul><li>Children under two years of age</li><li>People 65 years of age or older</li><li>People living in long-term care facilities such as a nursing home, a home for the aged or a chronic care hospital </li><li>People with chronic heart, lung or kidney disease</li><li>People with diabetes, cancer, immune system problems or sickle cell anaemia</li><li>Children and teenagers aged six months to 18 years who have been treated with <a href="/article?contentid=77&language=english">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> for long periods </li><li>People who have trouble clearing mucus from their nose and throat because of weakness or underlying illness</li></ul><p>These groups, and anyone who lives or works with people from these groups, should generally be immunized each year with the flu vaccine (flu shot). That way, people from these high-risk groups are less likely to be infected with the flu. </p><h2>How the flu spreads</h2><p>The flu spreads very easily from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing. It is also spread by touching objects after someone with the flu has touched them. </p><h2>Treating the flu</h2><p>If you or your child have the flu, stay home and rest. Usually, treatment is focused on the symptoms the person is feeling. For example, if your child has a fever, you can give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever. </p><p>Do not give <a href="/article?contentid=77&language=english">acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)</a> to a child under 16 years of age. Do not give cough medicines to children under six years of age. Always read the label before giving any medicine.</p><p>In addition to fluids and pain medicine, other ways to treat flu symptoms include:</p><ul><li>applying heat on painful areas for short periods of time using a hot water bottle or heating pad to reduce muscle pain</li><li>taking a warm bath</li><li>gargling with a glass of warm water</li><li>using saline drops or spray and suction to clear a stuffy nose</li><li>keeping your home smoke free</li></ul><p>Call your child’s primary care provider if the above measures do not relieve your child's flu symptoms and your child feels worse or if you are worried.</p><h2>If your child has the flu in the hospital </h2><p>Your child will be placed in a single room and will not be able to visit the playroom until they are feeling better. Ask the child life specialist to bring toys and supplies to your child’s room.</p><p>Hospital staff will be wearing a mask, eye protection, gloves and gowns when they visit.</p><p>Wash your hands often, either with alcohol-based hand rubs or soap and water, before and after touching your child and before leaving your child's room. Hospital staff should wash their hands as well.</p><p>If you or anyone else who has visited becomes ill with symptoms of the flu, let your child's doctor or nurse know. </p><h2>Preventing the flu</h2><p>To help prevent the flu, it is important that you and your child get a flu shot every year.</p><p>You should also <a href="/article?contentid=1981&language=english">wash your hands</a> well. This can help prevent you from catching or spreading the flu. This is very important in hospitals, but it is true in other places as well. </p><p>Clean surfaces in your house regularly, especially ones you touch often. These include doorknobs, fridge doors, light switches, phones and computers.</p><p>If you have the flu, you should do the following things to avoid spreading it.</p><ul><li>Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue, then wash your hands. These steps will help prevent spreading the flu and other respiratory viruses. </li><li>Do not visit the hospital when you are sick with symptoms of the flu. No one who is sick should visit a patient in the hospital, even if they are a relative. </li></ul><h3>The flu shot </h3><p>The influenza vaccine (flu shot) is made from pieces of killed or live but weakened flu viruses. It contains three or four different types of flu viruses. A person who receives the flu shot develops immunity for the types of flu in the vaccine. Immunity means the body builds up protection against the virus. </p><p>The body needs about two weeks after the shot to build up protection against the virus. This protection lasts for about six months.</p><p>The flu shot will not protect against other viruses, such as viruses that cause the common cold. </p><p>For tips on how to make vaccinations as easy and pain-free as possible, please read the articles, <a href="/article?contentid=989&language=english">Needle pokes: Reducing pain in infants aged up to 18 months</a> and <a href="/article?contentid=990&language=english">Needle pokes: Reducing pain in children aged 18 months or over</a>.<br></p><h3>A flu shot every year </h3><p>People need a new flu shot every year. The flu virus changes each year, so a different vaccine has to be used each year too. Doctors and scientists find out the types of flu virus that are circulating around the world. The vaccine is then made to protect against the types that are most likely to occur each year.</p><h3>Most people can get a flu shot </h3><p>The flu shot is free to people living in Ontario. Anyone older than six months of age should have the flu shot unless there is a reason not to. The best time to get the flu shot is in the fall, before the flu becomes more common. Ask your child's primary care provider if your child can get the flu shot. </p><h2>When to seek medical attention</h2><p>Go see a doctor or to hospital if your baby is less than three months old and:</p><ul><li>has a fever</li><li>has fast or difficult breathing</li><li>is vomiting or not feeding</li></ul><p>Go see a doctor if your child:</p><ul><li>is more sleepy than usual</li><li>is more fussy than usual</li><li>is not drinking enough fluids or has not peed at least every six hours when awake</li><li>is vomiting</li><li>is having chest or stomach pain</li><li>is not feeling better after five days or gets better but then suddenly gets worse</li></ul><p>Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department immediately if your child:</p><ul><li>is breathing quickly, or seems to be working hard to breathe</li><li>is very weak, dizzy, hard to wake up or does not respond well</li><li>is very fussy or cannot be comforted</li><li>is limping or refusing to walk</li><li>has bluish or dark-coloured lips or skin</li><li>has a stiff neck, severe headache or a seizure</li><li>has a very fast heart rate, even when the fever is down</li></ul><p>If you have any concerns, call your doctor or your local public health agency. In Ontario, you can also call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p><p>If you or your child is in a high-risk group, call your doctor right away when you get flu symptoms. There are specific anti-viral medicines available to help treat flu. These medicines must be started early in the illness to be effective. Contact your child's doctor for more information. </p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/influenza_overview.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/influenza_overview.jpgInfluenza (flu): An overviewFalse