Checkup Newsroom (Flu)

2017
December
07,
2017
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts have...
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Flu
November
20,
2017
Here’s something NOT to be thankful for this week – the flu has arrived in our area. Just in time to travel for the Thanksgiving holidays, 23 kids tested positive for the flu (20 Influenza A, 3 Influenza B) last week (November 12-18). That’s the m...
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September
18,
2017
“That wasn’t so bad.” Not many kids look forward to the flu shot, but almost all of them realize that it wasn’t as bad as they thought. Yes, it’s that time of year. Here are 6 questions we hear most often about the flu vaccine: 1. Who needs ...
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April
04,
2017
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study confirms how important flu vaccinations are in saving children’s lives. The study, also published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the first of its kind to show how flu vaccinat...
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February
22,
2017
Alright let's talk Tamiflu. At Willow Park, we are getting tons of calls for it if a child has been exposed, a parent has been exposed, a neighbor has it, your dog sniffed someone's bum who had the flu two weeks ago, etc....  Ask most physician...
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January
24,
2017
Finally, the flu season has arrived at Cook Children’s. From Jan. 15  to Jan. 21, 427 patients were tested for the flu, with 100 testing positive for Influenza A and five for Influenza B. The CDC says influenza activity is slowly and steadily i...
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2016
December
07,
2016
The first time it happened, my youngest boy was 2 years old. I dropped him off at preschool in 40 degree weather and explained to the teacher that he refused to wear pants. So, I left him in shorts and with a jacket. He was fine. The next year I conv...
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December
02,
2016
If you are staying at the grandparents during the holidays, warn your kids to be ready for the winter checklist from them before they go outside and play. Make sure your hair is dry. Wear shoes outside. Put on your hat. But does any of th...
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November
29,
2016
It probably won't surprise you to know that I get asked, "Do you think it’s RSV?" a lot this time of year. My answer might surprise you though: “It's not that important to know.” Let me explain why. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory...
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November
29,
2016
Cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infections in North Texas commonly increase in the winter. But this year, it's arrived earlier than usual. During the week of Nov. 20, 2016, 47 Cook Children’s patients tested positive for RSV. During this s...
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November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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October
25,
2016
Cook Children's medical staff has seen six  patients who have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a polio-like illness that causes paralysis.  From Jan. 1 to the end of August  2016, 50 people, mostly children, in 24 states have been...
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October
06,
2016
One of the worst illnesses to take care of as a parent can be a stomach virus. Especially with babies and toddlers, vomit and poop gets everywhere. Also, they just get a look of fear on their face because they don’t understand what is happening. T...
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September
15,
2016
For years, parents have favored the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine to painful shots for their children. This year, however, they may not have a choice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics a...
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September
13,
2016
The flu season has already begun at Cook Children’s. In late August, a patient was diagnosed with Flu B, the earliest case in at least three years, and physicians expect this to be only the beginning. With the upcoming season, now is the time to g...
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August
08,
2016
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month, we are educating about vaccine-preventable diseases and the ways you can protect yourself and your family from them. Vaccines are #savinglivessilently. ...
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June
23,
2016
I was surprised by yesterday’s announcement that the nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine didn’t protect kids last year. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the Centers for Disease Control’s ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunizati...
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March
24,
2016
The first pediatric flu death in Texas has been reported. The Dallas County Health and Human Services reported a 2-month-old child has died. A total of 20 pediatric flu deaths have occurred nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...
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March
16,
2016
Not getting your child vaccinated puts them and others at risk. We have said this before (many times), but a new study shows just how true this statement is. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) loo...
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2015
December
30,
2015
The year is wrapping up and there are a lot of questions on our minds. What will the new year bring? Will I be able to keep that New Year's resolution? And where in the world is the flu? Ok, you may not be asking yourself that last questi...
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December
29,
2015
Your kids will likely be sicker in the winter than they are in the summer. Some estimate that children will have 8-12 upper respiratory infections (coughs and colds) per year. Because many of those will be clustered in the winter and viral respira...
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November
30,
2015
Are we there yet? “No.” Are we there yet? “No. 5 more minutes.” Are we there yet? “No. I will tell you when we get there!” Did anyone hear this or something like it last week? We’ve been asking a similar question to our favorite Cook Chil...
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November
11,
2015
Researchers may have created a possibly revolutionary needle-free vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The vaccine is only in the beginning stages and part of ongoing research, so it will not be available to the public...
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November
10,
2015
“Dr. Smith, I just got a call from a family who needs you to call an order in for Tamiflu for them because their 5 year old just tested positive for flu.” There are a lot of reasons I didn’t want to do this: I was in the office seeing patien...
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September
21,
2015
The upcoming flu season leaves many questions, but one thing remains certain for Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., the medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s. “Vaccinations are still the best answer to preventing the flu and protec...
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May
20,
2015
Headaches can affect a child’s ability to concentrate, focus, and perform well in the classroom and on the field. Headaches are usually split into two categories, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are the result of problems with pain sensit...
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May
18,
2015
Bites I’ve seen too many severe dog bites in my training to not mention bites first. The most common statement I hear about the dogs who bite is, “We just never thought he/she would do that.” Dogs can be a great addition to a family but use cau...
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February
19,
2015
It’s still technically flu season, but that’s not the only illness that has families flocking to the Emergency Department (ED) at Cook Children’s. Ailments run the gamut from respiratory and fever issues (RSV and influenza) to gastroenteritis with...
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January
16,
2015
Hand hygiene is important year-round, but it's critical during winter when the spread of virus peaks. Plant the seeds of cleanliness early by modeling proper hand washing for toddlers - 20 seconds of scrubbing from wrists to fingernails does the tric...
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