As H3N2 Virus cases continue to surge, most experts and parents are curious to know how it can be dangerous for their children.
It’s to be noticed that children below 5 years of age need to be alert as it can quickly spread among younger children below 5 years of age.
The reports have arrived according to which many preschoolers and infants continue to land up in ICUs in Pune and Delhi and some of them are not even responding to medications.
This is what Dr. Pankaj Dutt, MBBS MD, Senior Consultant-Paediatrics, Godrej Memorial Hospital, Mumbai has to say, “For children, the complications of H3N2 can be quite serious. In addition to the typical symptoms of the flu such as fever, cough, and sore throat, children may also experience vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, severe weakness, lethargy. The recovery period is a little longer. They may also be at higher risk of developing pneumonia or other respiratory infections, which can lead to hospitalization and even mortality in severe cases.”
Symptoms of H3N2 Virus Infection
The H3N2 virus basically spreads flu like symptoms. Due to this, people need not to use excessive use of antibiotics, especially when they are not prescribed by a medical expert.
The symptoms caused by the H3N2 virus include headache, body-ache and high fever. Please also note that the respiratory symptoms start late and not in the starting phase. So, there is no need to give them high doses of antibiotics.
It’s because flu happens to be a viral illness and it gets better with time. However, if you have started antiviral medications in the first 2 days, they can prove beneficial in reducing the symptoms.
Also, antiviral medications need to be used only in such cases where it gets diagnosed in the early period.
It’s therefore required that parents should watch the symptoms of flu in their children like confusion, severe headache, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or a fever that lasts more than 3 days.
In case, if a child shows any of the above symptoms, it will be better to seek medical help.
Vaccination Against H3N2 Virus
Most pediatrics suggest vaccinations for kids below 85 years of age. The overall pattern of giving vaccination to children is from 6 months to 5 years.
You need to start with 2 doses in the first year and then repeat the flu vaccine every year before the start of the rainy season.
It’s also recommended that you always keep a good hygiene and take the flu vaccine, the prevention is by vaccination and good hygiene.