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MOST PARENTS SHOULDN’T BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WHEN FLU IS SUSPECTED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Frantic parents are crowding emergency departments with their children whom they suspect of having the flu, wherever H1N1 flu is being reported.  Mitchell Goldstein, a pediatric emergency physician at Johns Hopkins, says parents need better information in order to decide whether an emergency exists.

GOLDSTEIN:  I think families are a bit confused about what they’re hearing as far as messaging.  Folks are hearing that there is a case of confirmed H1N1 in their schools, and are getting very worried just based on that notion.  And I think the take home message is that most of the cases of H1N1 influenza that we’re seeing are very minor, that kids are presenting with minor flu-like illness, headache, fever, body aches, not feeling very well but in general most of the kids are appearing from a medical perspective actually quite well.                     :31

Goldstein says if a child is having trouble breathing or appears to get worse after being on the mend, an emergency department visit may be necessary.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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