What's Going Around

By: Tracy Madden Email
By: Tracy Madden Email

One of our Channel Six doctors says the flu bug may be just around the corner.

Doctor Robert Beer in Southwest Omaha says the weekly influenza report from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shows the first hint of the bug. Five of the 207 rapid influenza tests were positive. Two weeks earlier, only two of the tests were positive.

Flu shots or nasal FluMist are the best ways to avoid getting the flu. This year the Centers For Disease Control recommends everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated.

In Midtown, Doctor Amy Lacroix is seeing upper respiratory infections hit children. Kids have a sore throat, runny nose, a cough, and they might also have a low grade fever.

Antibiotics cannot treat this viral infection. Parents with older children can use cough and cold medicine. Over the counter cough syrup should not be given to children under the age of four.

Dont' expect improvement overnight. This infection can last from a few days to two weeks.

In Papillion, Doctor Carey Ertz is treating ear infections. They're most common between the ages of six months to two-years-old.

Things often start with cold symptoms and then progress to ear pain, fever, poor sleep, and irritability. Children need to be seen by a doctor. Antibiotics may be needed. Remember to finish any course of treatment even if a child starts to feel better. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help with pain relief.

Ear infections are not contagious. Kids can return to school or day care when they're fever free and feeling better.

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