Checkup Newsroom (Influenza)

2019
October
07,
2019
| 10:52 PM America/Chicago
Your child’s throat is sore, has a headache and a fever. Is it strep or the flu? Maybe, both? Strep and flu are two very different things, although they may have similar symptoms at times. First, let’s distinguish between the two. The flu...
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September
18,
2019
| 08:41 PM America/Chicago
With unseasonably warm weather hovering in the mid-90s, most Texans probably aren’t thinking about the cold and flu season right around the corner. And only time will tell for sure, but some indicators lean toward a potentially severe influenza se...
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2018
November
26,
2018
| 09:38 PM America/Chicago
RSV has arrived at Cook Children's. Last week, 178 kids tested positive for RSV, compared to only two who tested positive for Influenza A. RSV is a virus. It’s short for respiratory syncytial virus. It causes a disease in young children (especi...
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October
08,
2018
| 06:09 PM America/Chicago
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating six children who have been diagnosed with a rare illness that resembles polio, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) Cook Children's medical staff saw its own cluster of patients in 2016 and has se...
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September
24,
2018
| 08:24 PM America/Chicago
Two children tested positive for the Influenza A virus from the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 22, 2018, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children's. For the week, 85 children were tested for the flu, with 83 tests coming back negativ...
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September
11,
2018
| 10:27 PM America/Chicago
Doctors agree that nothing fights off the flu better than the vaccine, including all children 6 months and older. And thanks to  recommendations, based on research, that includes children who are allergic to eggs. A study by the Centers for...
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February
21,
2018
| 08:01 PM America/Chicago
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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February
16,
2018
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Our Urgent Care Centers are full right now. The Fort Worth Urgent Care Center staff is seeing volumes in the 300s on a regular basis. Mansfield and Alliance UCC locations are seeing in the hundreds with the Southlake location seeing 60 to 90 patie...
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February
08,
2018
| 06:10 PM America/Chicago
Are you panicked about the flu? How do you know if your kid is getting worse? What about all these kids getting really sick, even dying? Here's what I've been saying all day, every day in my office this week. 1. Healthy kids who get sick from t...
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January
25,
2018
| 11:12 PM America/Chicago
There seems to be a lot of panic about the flu lately. I blame this particularly virulent strain of H3N2 Influenza going around and I kinda blame some of the media stories for "honing in" on sad and scary stories. The Urgent Care Centers at Cook C...
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January
22,
2018
| 08:56 PM America/Chicago
The pediatricians at Cook Children’s are prepared to be busy over the next couple of weeks and for good reason. Once school was back from the Christmas break, kids returned to share their germs with one another. To make things worse, the brutally ...
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January
19,
2018
| 05:32 PM America/Chicago
Along with the flu, we are seeing a lot of pneumonia in our Emergency Department and in our pediatrician’s offices. These visits are most commonly a secondary infection with the flu and RSV. “Actually, pneumonia has been what kills many people ...
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January
11,
2018
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting the first and second influenza associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season. One of the deaths was a child. For patient confidentiality, no further information will be released. “O...
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January
09,
2018
| 09:40 PM America/Chicago
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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January
04,
2018
| 07:07 PM America/Chicago
Last week, 1,118 children were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s. Of those kids, 429 tested positive (380 for Influenza A and 49 for Influenza B). With that many kids sick in our area, expect longer wait times if you take your child to the Eme...
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January
03,
2018
| 09:38 PM America/Chicago
The holidays are over, but the flu season has arrived … early. Last week, 1,118 patients were tested for the flu at Cook Children’s and 429 tested positive (380 for Flu A and another 49 for Flu B). Get your flu shot (go ahead, it’s not too late...
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2017
December
27,
2017
| 04:53 PM America/Chicago
OK. Tamiflu. Let's talk about some facts. At Cook Children's, 921 kids were tested for the flu the week before Christmas and 353 kids were positive (314 Flu A, 39 Flu B). So the flu has arrived in our area. Every year our office gets inundated ...
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December
07,
2017
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
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
| 09:58 PM America/Chicago
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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November
20,
2017
| 11:09 PM America/Chicago
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
| 11:46 PM America/Chicago
“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
| 10:33 PM America/Chicago
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
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
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
| 09:29 PM America/Chicago
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
September
13,
2016
| 05:34 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:27 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:40 PM America/Chicago
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
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
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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2015
December
30,
2015
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
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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November
30,
2015
| 09:30 PM America/Chicago
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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