It is very important to be extra careful during flu season, especially when it looking after young children. Always make sure you was your hands as much as you can and try to avoid getting too close to other who are ill at this time of the year.
Common flu symptoms often include a dry cough, Fever* or feeling feverish/chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
If the fever does not subside after three to five days, then it is advised to consult with your doctor.
Andrea and Josh Wallen’s from Texas done exactly this when their 2-year-old son Steven was stricken with the flu.
The doctors diagnosed the young boy with common flu symptoms, but after giving him medicine to treat the flu, young Steven’s condition quickly became a lot more serious.
2 year old son was sick with the flu
When 2-year-old Steven Wallen’s fell ill with the flu, his parents brought him to the local hospital where doctors prescribed him with the flu medicine “Tamiflu.” Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an antiviral medication that blocks the actions of influenza virus types A and B in your body.
Tamiflu is used to treat influenza in people 2 weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for 2 days or less.
The medication is used to make the symptoms cause by flu less severe and shorten the recovery time by 1-2 days.
The medication does not kill the flu virus, but halts the spreading of the virus throughout the body.
The common medicine gave terrible side effects
The medicine had an immediate effect on little Steven, but it was not the desired effect the doctors were hoping for. Instead after taking the medicine, the young boy had a severe reaction and began to twitch and hallucinate, slamming his head due to the severe pain he was experiencing.
He also slapped his mom in the face, such was his state. It became very evident to those in the room that something was very wrong.
Steven is not the only child who has had a bad reaction to Tamiflu.
A report only a week ago stated that a 6 year old girl in Texas jumped out of a window after taking the medicine. Just like Steven, she experienced hallucinations.
Despite these facts, doctors are still backing the medication as they believe the benefits far outweighed the risks. Pediatrician Norina Ocampo says that “most children don’t have side effects from Tamiflu”.
Dr. John Shufeldt agrees with her.
“Tamiflu is really important. It lessens duration of the flu by about a day and lessens severity 10 percent to 30 percent.”
Now parents want to warn others
Andrea and Josh want to warn other parents about the dangers of children taking this medication. They have witnessed first hand what this drug can do to a child and the side effects it can have. Tamiflu is a prescription medicine.
But it’s also a much talked about medicine, with the WHO even questioning the effectiveness of the medicine. However, doctors are still prescribing the medicine to patients, mainly because there is no suitable alternative available.
Parents who have heard of these two incidents across the US are now refusing to give Tamiflu to their own children.
General advice for avoiding the flu:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.