It’s pretty much common knowledge that flu season is upon us, and this nasty virus isn’t being very picky about who it decides to infect. So if you are or have been down with this nastiness, maybe you’ll find a small shard of comfort in that you are by far not alone.
China Daily reported this week that the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention had seen a notable increase in infections among children since the start of the month, according to their data.
Whenever there is a serious bug floating around, it is our kids at primary schools and kindergartens that are most at risk. So please remain extra vigilant. Make sure to remind them to keep those hands clean and that they can pick their friends but never pick their friends’ noses. Also, if your kid has the flu, please keep them at home. Luckily it’s still winter break, so this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
To be honest, the numbers that we’re reading are pretty staggering. The current rate of daily outpatient visits to the pediatrics department of Beijing Children’s Hospital has reached more than 10,000. It was unclear from the article whether, or not these cases were all exhibiting flu symptoms, but China Daily went further by explaining that respiratory tract infections and high fevers had increased by about 20 percent in recent weeks.
Considering we still have a couple of months left in the 2017-2018 flu season, it’s better to be safe than sorry this time of year so make sure to do some reading on some preventative measures that can be taken to ensure a healthy beginning to 2018.
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