“Your child will go from feeling fine to crummy very quickly. The symptoms include fever, headache, congestion, sore throat, cough fatigue and body aches, including abdominal discomfort,” Dr. Kaufman says. “Some children will also experience vomiting.” The second main identifier of the flu is a temperature.
What is Influenza A in babies?
Flu signs and symptoms include body aches, chills, cough, fatigue, fever, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea. If you think your baby has the flu, call her provider right away. Quick treatment can help prevent serious flu complications.
How long does influenza type A last?
Symptoms usually appear from one to four days after exposure to the virus, and they last five to seven days. For people who’ve had a flu shot, the symptoms may last a shorter amount of time, or be less severe. For other people, the symptoms may last longer. Even when symptoms resolve, you may continue to feel fatigued.
How serious is type A flu?
Type A influenza infection can be serious and cause widespread outbreaks and disease. Common symptoms of type A infection can be confused with other conditions. While in some milder cases the flu can resolve on its own without significant symptoms, severe cases of type A influenza can be life-threatening.
What flu is worse A or B?
Frequently asked questions about Influenza A and B
Influenza type A and type B are similar, but type A is overall more prevalent, sometimes more severe, and can cause flu epidemics and pandemics.
How long does influenza A last in a child?
“Your child might not experience all the flu symptoms, but rather, he/she might have any combination of symptoms with fever, such as fever and cough or fever and body aches,” Dr. Kaufman says. Dr. Kaufman says influenza type A can last up to 10 to 14 days.
How long is a child with influenza A contagious?
People are most contagious with the flu 24 hours before symptoms start, continuing while symptoms are most active. The risk of infecting others usually stops around day 7 of the illness.
How do you treat type A flu?
But if you have a severe infection or are at higher risk for complications, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug to treat the flu. These drugs can include oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), peramivir (Rapivab) or baloxavir (Xofluza).
What does influenza A positive mean?
A positive result means that the RIDT detected influenza viral antigen, but does not necessarily mean viable influenza virus is present or that the patient is contagious.
What are the stages of flu?
A bout of the flu typically follows this pattern: Days 1–3: Sudden appearance of fever, headache, muscle pain and weakness, dry cough, sore throat and sometimes a stuffy nose. Day 4: Fever and muscle aches decrease. Hoarse, dry or sore throat, cough and possible mild chest discomfort become more noticeable.
What flu is going around 2020?
Influenza B Strain Dominating Early in the 2020 Flu Season.
How do you catch type A flu?
Person to Person
People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How do you get Type A flu?
Both influenza A and influenza B are extremely contagious. People who get either type can spread the virus to others from up to six feet away when they cough or sneeze. You can also contract the virus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth.
Can you get influenza B twice?
Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That’s because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Does Tamiflu make you not contagious?
A: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an antiviral drug that can shorten the duration of influenza (flu) symptoms. However, it will not stop the spread of the flu virus to others. You are still contagious on Tamiflu.