Swine flu and young childrenDoctors urged to assess cases in person
All children under the age of one with flu-like symptoms should be seen by a GP, according to advice from the leading professional bodies.
Young children are considered to be a high risk group for complications from swine flu. It is also the case that diagnosing flu in younger children can be difficult, with a number of other serious conditions presenting similar symptoms.
The advice, from the The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee (GPC) also notes that young children with illness can deteriorate rapidly, hence the need for a GP or other qualified health worker to assess their condition to determine the best course of action.
This advice has been underlined following on from the launch of the UK's National Pandemic Flu service, which allows for the distribution of flu medicines such as Tamiflu without the need for a GP's face to face assessment.
This article was published on Wed 29 July 2009
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