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China - Seasonal flu pediatric outpatient visits averaging more than 1,000 per day in one Shanghai hospital - March 7, 2023

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  • China - Seasonal flu pediatric outpatient visits averaging more than 1,000 per day in one Shanghai hospital - March 7, 2023

    Pediatric hospitals receive thousands of children daily how to prevent and treat influenza A
    2023-03-07 22:11 Author of Look at the news KNEWS
      With the intensification of population movement after the Spring Festival and the start of school in succession among students from all over the country, the flu, mainly influenza A, has formed a small peak. For two consecutive weeks, the fever clinics and infectious disease clinics of major pediatric hospitals in Shanghai have been overcrowded. In the face of menacing influenza A, how should citizens prevent it? How to treat it after infection?

      At 9 o'clock in the evening, at the fever clinic and infectious disease clinic of the Children's Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University, the line waiting to see a doctor was tens of meters away. The display screen in the hall has called more than 1400 numbers. In the past two weeks, the number of fever outpatient visits in pediatric hospitals has returned to its peak. Nearly 90% of the children have been diagnosed with influenza A, many of whom are infants and young children aged 3 to 6.

      In the Infectious Disease Clinic of the Children's Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University, Sun Yuhong, a nurse on the night shift, turned on the "accelerated" mode to quickly conduct pre-screening and nasal swab tests for small patients. The reason why the detection process is brought forward is to save children waiting time. "Now there are more than 1,000 outpatient visits every day. Some are symptoms of abdominal discomfort, some may be high fever, and some are sore limbs. There are also a small number of children who have symptoms of cramps. We will consider the risk of some influenza encephalitis. "Sun Yuhong told reporters.

      Influenza A is an acute respiratory infectious disease. Children are prone to high fever symptoms with a body temperature of 39 degrees or 40 degrees. When the reporter interviewed, a child with a high fever was sent by the 120 ambulance. The parents said that the child had a high fever at home and was unconscious. Fortunately, after some examinations, the child's condition is not serious.

      According to reports, the incubation period of influenza A is very short, usually only 1-3 days, and taking oseltamivir and other drugs can treat symptoms. Influenza A is a self-limiting disease. Usually, after 3 to 5 days of onset, the fever will gradually subside, and symptoms such as headache and muscle and joint pain will gradually relieve. However, if pneumonia, dyspnea, encephalitis, convulsions, etc. occur, you must seek medical attention in time.

      "Simple febrile convulsions will not cause major adverse reactions, but if there are some other problems, such as rare encephalitis, or complex febrile convulsions, further investigations are required." Children's Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University Xu Pu, an outpatient doctor of infectious diseases, said. Experts also introduced that this year, the incidence of influenza A is significantly high, especially in children, mainly because of the previous three years of the new crown epidemic, children have not had much contact with the external environment, resulting in a decline in immunity, so they are more susceptible to infection and spread faster. In response to influenza A, in addition to personal protection, influenza vaccination is the most effective means of prevention.

      In the past few days, many parents have indeed taken their children to community hospitals for influenza vaccination. In Gumei Community Hospital, the daily flu vaccination volume has recently reached hundreds of people. According to reports, at present, my country has approved the listing of influenza vaccines, including trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines, quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccines, and trivalent attenuated live influenza vaccines. forward.

      There are also many people who are concerned about whether it is still too late to get a flu vaccine now that influenza A has entered a period of high incidence. Dai Yili, deputy director of the Gumei Community Health Service Center, gave the answer: "It's too late! Antibodies are produced within two weeks after the flu vaccine is vaccinated, and generally last for 6 to 8 months after being vaccinated. With the vaccine, the defense effect can be maintained until March and April of the next year."

      Experts also reminded that after the symptoms of influenza A, if the child is in a good mental state, has no obvious headache, has a normal appetite, and has a fever below 38°C, he can observe at home, drink plenty of water, eat more fruits and vegetables, eat a light diet, and ensure sleep. If you have high fever, body temperature over 38.5 degrees Celsius, accompanied by symptoms such as headache, body aches, listlessness, vomiting and diarrhea, you need to see a doctor in time. In addition, it is also recommended that groups with low immunity can wear masks when entering public places.


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      Xinhua Hospital Suspends Medical Services in Children's Fever Clinic

      2022-03-10 08:25
      Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine issued an announcement:

      In response to the notification from the higher authorities, according to the national and municipal epidemic prevention and control requirements, Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine strictly implements relevant personnel and environmental screening measures, and immediately suspends the outpatient medical services for children with fever in our hospital. Please pay attention to the recovery time Official notice from the hospital. In addition, medical services such as outpatient and emergency departments, hospitalization, inspections, and nucleic acid testing, as well as Internet hospitals, are operating as usual.

      Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine

      March 10, 2022