Flu cases on the rise in UAE: Doctors advise parents to get kids vaccinated as schools reopen

With students now back in classrooms after spring break, a number of doctors in the UAE are seeing more youngsters with symptoms of flu, including runny nose, fever, or sore throat.

Though there had been an increase in cases of influenza over the past few days, health experts said these are mild and not significantly high to cause worry. To keep children protected, they added that it is best to get children vaccinated against flu.

Dr. Jamuna Raghuraman, paediatrician at Medeor Hospital, Dubai, said the likely cause of fever cases after school reopening was the sudden interaction and gathering of students.

“But we must wait and watch to see how the routine change has affected children. The ending of Ramadan and related changes may also cause fluctuations in the trends. Presently, the number of infected cases is not huge. The ones who are coming have streptococcal throat infections, high fever and body rash. We are seeing influenza and adenovirus. These can be the causes of high-grade fever.”

Take precautions

Doctors stressed on children maintaining good hand hygiene.

“They must also wash their hands after having food while in school or outside. They must drink only filtered or boiled water. Wearing a mask is highly recommended whenever they can, be in their classes or buses. Also, generous use of hand sanitisers whenever they feel to have come in contact with high-touch points or inside buses,”

Dr. Jamuna said that children must stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet to remain fit.

“It is better to avoid going to school whenever a child is sick and has throat pain or conjunctivitis. For high-grade fever or any other symptoms, visit a paediatrician immediately. If children are going for swimming classes, they must properly wash their bodies before and after using the pool. They should care for their eyes, mouth, and nose after contact with the water,” Dr. Jamuna added.

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