What's Going Around 9-14

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around another illness is affecting kids, but this is not your typical cold virus.

Dr. Peter Devries at Valley Pediatric Group says since kids have been back in school, his practice has seen hand foot and mouth disease spreading.

It's a cold like virus that causes rash and blisters in the back of the mouth, and a sore throat. The CDC says symptoms typically begin with a fever. One or two days later, painful sores usually develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister. They often become ulcers. They're usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks. A non-itchy skin rash then develops.

Doctors in the Valley and nationwide are all urging you to take steps to prevent something from going around. They want you to get a flu shot. The vaccine protects against the same strains as last year, including the H1N1 virus. Pamela Prindle with Foxhall immunization says that doesn't mean if you got your shot last year, you can slip by this year without getting one.

She says "that protection wanes over time, so over time you won't have the optimal protection, so if you did get the flu vaccine last year, please get it another this year, because that will raise your antibody levels."

The CDC says more than 166 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine will be available and everyone, especially those caring for the elderly, young children or the very ill, should get vaccinated.


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