H3N2 Outbreak: Risk of serious illness in children, Health Department issued guidelines .. – News India Live
Outbreak of infection of H3N2 subtype of Influenza-A virus is being seen in the whole country these days. Cases of viral infection are being reported in several states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha and Delhi. This form of influenza is causing serious illness, and some of the infected have even required hospitalization. Health experts are also considering its serious illness as fatal. In view of such increasing danger, all people are being advised to take adequate preventive measures.
In recent reports, health experts said that the maximum effect of H3N2 is being seen in children. Children under the age of 5 are also at risk of serious illness and hospitalization. Significantly, along with H3N2, many states are also seeing an increase in H1N1 cases.
Let us know what suggestions have been given by the health experts to prevent the increasing viral infection in the country.
The situation can be controlled by the end of March
The outbreak of seasonal influenza, including H3N2, is expected to subside from the end of March, the Union Health Ministry has said in a report. However, till then all people need to take special precautions to avoid it. At this time, cases of corona infection are also being registered in the country, many of which may have symptoms like H3N2.
The difference in the symptoms of Kovid-19 and H3N2 also needs serious attention. Let us know what kind of problems H3N2 is causing in children.
Risk of serious illness in children under 5
Dr. Arvind Vashisht says that the effect of H3N2 infection is being seen more in children. High fever, runny nose and shortness of breath are seen in infected children. Children under the age of five are also at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms, with some cases requiring admission to the ICU.
This form of influenza is causing serious illness, with special protection needed for children as well as the elderly and those with comorbidities.
do not take antibiotics
Dr. Arvind says, most cases of influenza are cured with simple medicines and rest, but it is advisable to take medicines only on the advice of a doctor. Many people start taking antibiotics on their own, although antibiotics do not work against the H3N2 influenza virus. Doctors advise parents not to give antibiotics to their children. If you are seeing symptoms then contact the doctor and take only the medicines prescribed by him.
follow these guidelines
To prevent H3N2 influenza virus, doctors have suggested some measures, by following which you can reduce the risk.
Cover your nose and mouth properly while coughing and sneezing.
Wash hands regularly with water and soap.
Wear face mask and avoid crowded places.
Avoid touching your nose and mouth.
Keep the body hydrated and consume fluids.
Paracetamol can be taken in case of fever and body ache.