Stories about: seasonal flu

RSV: It ain't just flu out there

rsvWith H1N1 still very much in the news and seasonal flu getting ready to make its debut, Children’s Hospital Boston doctors are reminding everyone not to overlook another bug that should be getting more attention — respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. A study of children age 7 and younger coming to Children’s Emergency Department with acute respiratory illnesses found that those infected with RSV had more than twice as many emergency department visits and six times more hospitalizations than those with seasonal flu.

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My family's story: surviving swine flu – with triplets

Thanks to H1N1, Halloween came on November 15 for the Cyr triplets
Thanks to H1N1, Halloween came on November 15 for the Lord and Ladies of the Cyr household

My wife, Sara, and I are the proud parents of newly minted 4-year-old triplets, and this fall we just haven’t been able to get healthy in our house. We get over one illness and another one crops up a week later. Fevers come and go. Coughs are incessant. Headaches bloom and recede. It’s been never-ending.

So none of us was feeling particularly well on the Thursday before Halloween when Sara called me at work and told me she had spiked a fever. We weren’t sure it was H1N1, but working in the Public Affairs Department here at Children’s Hospital Boston, I spend much of my time communicating about swine flu, so I know fever is one of the bellwether symptoms. Alarm bells started going off in my head because, unfortunately, like the rest of the poor, huddled masses, the Cyrs were waiting for the H1N1 vaccine to be made available.

As soon as I got home from work, I shuttled Sara off to her parents’ house and called my parents to come help me with the kids. The next day was relatively quiet; Sara was miserable but quarantined (and, frankly, enjoying the room service and uninterrupted silence), and the kids and I were doing OK.

Then came Saturday, October 31.

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This week on Thrive: Nov. 2 – 6

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Read why the days of jumping back into a game after a possible concussion are over. A new study shows that adult survivors of childhood cancer are much more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than their peers. Children’s expert Ellen Hanson, PhD, questions whether autism really is on the rise. An experimental heart valve saves a child with H1N1. Children’s has established and unprecedented partnership with the state’s largest health plans. The HealthMap team gives its weekly H1N1 update. Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD, questions whether sleeping late can keep your child slim and Joanne Cox, MD, answers parents’ questions about H1N1. Our resident mediatrician tackles the question of graphic violent and sexual images in the media and a teen guest blogger writes about teens and self-esteem.

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Health headlines: More H1N1 news, Down syndrome and smart phones for toddlers

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The Swiss drug maker, Novartis, says it will meet the United State’s H1N1 vaccine order on time and new research shows that people on cholesterol-lowering drugs are twice as likely to survive seasonal flu hospitalizations. The World Health Organization announced, again, that the H1N1 vaccine is safe and that one dose is enough for everyone except children under the age of 10, who need two doses. NPR’s Morning Edition interviewed Children’s experts about what parents should do when they think their child has the flu.stockphotopro_428453AQY_no_title

Does your toddler have enough educational toys? This writer argues you should hand her an iphone. We know that you’re proud of your kid, but could all of that bragging end up hurting them? Down syndrome births are way down in the United States. ABC news explores why.

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