Doctors see pediatric flu patients early in the season
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dr. Mickey Bansal is the Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Coliseum Health System.
Here is what he’s noticed regarding kids and this flu season.
“We are actually already starting to see influenza positive testing for both A and B at both of our facilities Coliseum Medical Center and Coliseum Northside in our pediatric emergency rooms,” Dr. Mickey Bansal said.
That’s alarming because experts say the flu normally hits in the late fall or winter season. Doctors stress the urgency of getting kids flu shots.
“The importance of flu vaccinations, the flu is not just the common cold. It is not just the common cold. It is a very serious respiratory illness that can lead to children ending up in Intensive Care Unit every year the Centers for Disease Control tracks children’s death from influenza,” Bansal said.
One major change this flu season, there will be no nasal spray flu mist. The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year.
“They found it was not as effective as previously thought,” Dr. Bansal said.
Dr. Bansal is hoping all children and kids get flu shots and wants to keep them healthy and out of hospital emergency rooms.