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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Flu (Influenza)

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: November 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is the flu?

What causes the flu?

Who can get the flu?

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Is the flu contagious?

How is the flu treated?
The flu cannot be cured with antibiotics. Treatment is aimed at easing symptoms. There are new medications that may help with the symptoms. The medications are changing rapidly. They are effective in some cases but not others. You may want to talk to your doctor to see if your child can take one of these medications. Rest will help the body fight infection and ease symptoms.


Vomiting and Diarrhea

Stuffy Nose

Cough and Congestion

How long does the flu last?

How can the flu be prevented?

What should I know about the flu shot?

When should I call the doctor?
Call the doctor if…

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