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Influenza Cases Are Spiking Among Children

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 Influenza is "What's Going Around" as we start the new year. Sanford Health pediatricians are seeing a lot of sick kids these days.

  Dr. Tracie Newman says in the last two weeks the number of patients coming in to be tested for influenza has tripled.

  She says the flu doesn't usually doesn't require seeing a doctor, but there are some times when parents should bring their kids in.

  Dr. Tracie Newman/Sanford Health pediatrician: "If your child has underlying conditions and it is prolonged for 1-2 weeks. If they are in distress or breathing hard or fast. If there is discoloration or it you're worried about dehydration. If any of those things are happening --you should see a doctor." 

  If your child is sick make sure they are staying hydrated. You can also use Tylenol for body aches and fever.

  Dr. Newman says it's also not too late to get the flu shot. The flu season runs through May, but it is peaking right now.

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