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Karen & the Flu
Wow honey, it sounds like you have influenza, also known as the flu. It's an infection that's in the part of your body where you breathe and eat. 5-20% percent of people in the U.S. get it every year. It typically goes around during fall and winter months, which it is now. There are three types: a, b, and c, and young children like you and young adults typically get it.
Mom, I feelsick. I'm cold, my head hurts, I can't stop coughing or sneezing, I feel dehydrated, my tummy hurts, and my nose is stuffed!
Well, it’s something that passes through the air, so if a kid in your school has it and they went to school, you might've gotten it. Since you've gotten sick a lot this year, the part of your body that fights the bad germs (diseases) is now weak and can’t fight it as well.
How did I get it?
Ughh, how do I get rid of it?
Take this medicine. After you take it, we're going to go to the bathroom and have you wash your hands. This is going to stop you from getting it again, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all.
As you're washing your hands, I'm going to clean everything that you've touched so that when you get better, you won’t get it again. You need to stay home until you feel better, which means you can’t see your friends for a bit.
To get you better we are going to give you a glass of water and some medicine, you need to slowly drink the water so you don’t throw up. Instead of going to school you are going to stay here and go back to bed until you start to feel better.
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