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Complications of the Flu During Pregnancy

Influenza, referred to by most people as “the flu,” is a respiratory illness that passes from person to person via droplets in the air or physical contact with contaminated surfaces. The flu produces many symptoms including fever, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough, headache, nausea and vomiting. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized annually for flu-related complications. One of the most at-risk groups for developing flu complications is pregnant women.

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Shingles in Kids

Children can contract shingles, a red, blistery rash that appears along nerve pathways, if they have already had the chickenpox. Following a bout with chickenpox, the disease will lie dormant in the body. In some cases it reappears years later as a case of shingles. Shingles in a child is generally less painful than shingles in an adult. Knowing what to look for and when to call the doctor will help your child be more comfortable if he gets a case of shingles.

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Swine Influenza Infection

Swine flu, also known as H1N1, hit at the end of the 2009 flu season, causing serious respiratory infection in many people. The virus moved quickly and spread to nearly everywhere in the world, causing the World Health Organization to call it a global pandemic. The pandemic was declared over in August 2010, but the swine flu continues to cause infections.