I was stunned when a mother told me this morning that she hadn’t heard about enterovirus68. I’ve written about it and its been all over television news in the last few days. Not only has it sickened hundreds of children across the country since last month, doctors say, according to more recent news reports, that some children are experiencing polio-like symptoms such as muscle weakness and paralysis. Some have even died.
Although there are no vaccines for preventing EV-68 infections, I thought this might be a good time remind parents that there are some things they can do to help prevent this and other respiratory illnesses.
Here’s some of them:
Make sure your kids vaccinations are up to date
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick;
disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick;
If you child is experiencing any symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, coughing or wheezing, keep him/her home from school and seek medical attention.