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China - There is an increase in the number of children with seasonal flu in pediatric outpatient clinics, Hunan province - October 10, 2023

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  • China - There is an increase in the number of children with seasonal flu in pediatric outpatient clinics, Hunan province - October 10, 2023

    There is an increase in the number of children with influenza in pediatric outpatient clinics. Doctors remind: The incidence is high in autumn and winter, so prevention is the key.
    2023-10-10 08:34:18 Source: Huasheng Online Sharing

    The reporter learned from Hunan Aerospace Hospital, Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital and other hospitals on October 9 that due to the recent cooling of the weather, there has been a sudden increase in children with influenza. Many of these children are "mycoplasma infected" and are "refractory".
    What is the specific situation? How should parents prevent it? Reporters from Sanxiang Metropolis Daily visited many hospitals and asked authoritative experts to remind them.
    There is an increasing trend in children with respiratory diseases
    "The child had repeated fevers and coughs. He took some medicine on his own, but it didn't have much effect..." On the 9th, citizen Li Cheng (pseudonym) took his 7-year-old son to the pediatric outpatient clinic of Hunan Aerospace Hospital. The attending doctor carefully examined the child and made a preliminary diagnosis of influenza.
    The reporter saw in the outpatient hall of the hospital that although it was normal school time on Monday, there were many parents bringing their children for treatment. After communication, we learned that many children have fever and cough, which are flu symptoms.
    "Since the beginning of September, the number of children with respiratory diseases we receive every day has been increasing, which is about double or twice the usual number. Among them, there are more children with influenza virus infection than usual." Zhou Xijuan, a pediatrician at the hospital, said that with the recent temperature rise, Changes, the trend of increasing children with influenza continues, and parents need to pay attention.
    "The weather suddenly turned cooler, and the number of patients infected with influenza virus gradually increased." Zhou Xijuan said that the clinical manifestations are mainly systemic poisoning symptoms such as repeated high fever, significant fatigue, headache, muscle aches, etc., while the respiratory symptoms are relatively mild. If the above symptoms appear, be careful that you have been infected.
    Children with mycoplasma infection are "refractory"
    "When I returned to my hometown in Yueyang during the holidays, my daughter started to have a fever around September 28th. She went to the local clinic for a checkup, but she remained in this state until October 2nd when her mental state improved. But in the past few days, Suddenly a rash broke out all over my body, covering my face." Ms. Guo, a citizen, was very worried. Her 7-year-old daughter had been having a fever, and rashes appeared all over her body, even on the soles of her feet.
    I took my child to the hospital for a check-up, and checked for influenza A, B, COVID-19, and hand, foot and mouth. The final test results showed that the child was positive for mycoplasma infection.
    "Now I am being treated in the dermatology department. The pediatrician said to cure the rash first and then see how it recovers." Ms. Guo said that the doctor considers that the child has a drug rash caused by drug allergy. The allergy needs to be cured first and then the progress of the mycoplasma infection will be monitored. , may heal on its own.
    "It was difficult to treat, so we went from Chenzhou to Changsha." Luo Zhijun (pseudonym) was hospitalized in the Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital with his 12-year-old son. The child had been treated for mycoplasma infection for more than 10 days.
    Doctors remind that mycoplasma antibodies appear 7-10 days after the onset of illness, so early detection of mycoplasma antibodies cannot be detected, and the accuracy of mycoplasma nucleic acid is higher. In addition, cephalosporin and penicillin drugs are not very effective in treating mycoplasma infection. Parents should not give them to their children easily. They should seek medical treatment in time. The doctor will use macrolide drugs for treatment.
    To reduce mycoplasma infection, parents can ask their children to wash their hands frequently, wear masks, gather less often, eat a balanced diet, do more outdoor exercise, and ensure adequate sleep, so that their children can strengthen their immunity to resist.
    Influenza is more common in autumn and winter, so you can reduce infectivity
    Li Chunhua, director of pediatrics and chief physician of Hunan Aerospace Hospital, said that influenza viruses are mainly spread through droplets in the air, contact between susceptible and infected people, or contact with contaminated items. Generally, autumn and winter are the periods of high incidence, and should be Get attention.
    The influenza virus has weak resistance and is not heat-resistant. The virus can be inactivated at 56°C for 30 minutes. The infectivity is quickly lost at room temperature, but it can survive for several weeks at 0℃-4℃, and can survive for a long time below -70℃ or after freeze-drying. Viruses are also sensitive to dryness, sunlight, ultraviolet rays, and chemicals such as ether, formaldehyde, and lactic acid.
    If parents suspect that their children are infected with influenza, they can use influenza antigen testing or influenza nucleic acid testing to confirm the diagnosis. However, they should be aware that early antigen testing may result in false negatives. If there are corresponding symptoms and a history of exposure, they should still be vigilant.
    To avoid reducing the spread of influenza, doctors remind that bedding and sheets in the home should be washed, changed and aired frequently to kill harmful germs; go to crowded places as little as possible and wear a mask when going out. The weather is changing rapidly. Remember to add or remove clothing in time to be careful of catching cold. Strengthen your physique and do some aerobic exercise to enhance your body's immunity.
    Gu Yanlong, the attending pediatrician at Hunan Aerospace Hospital, emphasized that vaccines are the best means of prevention. If you get a flu vaccine in the autumn , one shot can generally last half a year. After the vaccine is given, you can produce virus antibodies half a month later and enhance the body's immunity. Avoid getting sick during peak flu season.

    source: z