A YOUNG boy has been left with permanent deafness after suffering complications from the flu.
Kynan, 7, from Glenore Grove in the Lockyer Valley, has been in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for about three weeks after being struck down with influenza A.
He suffered a string of other illnesses including sepsis, meningitis, sinusitis and a blood clot on his brain.
Mum, Michelle Meara-Fletcher, said that at the height of his illness, her son spent at least four days in intensive care, but was recovering well now.
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Kynan underwent surgery for cochlear implants because the meningitis has rendered the seven-year-old permanently deaf.
Mrs Meara-Fletcher said the family-of-five were saddened Kynan had lost his hearing, but were grateful he was now recovering well.
“All I could think of was, he is not going to hear me say, ‘I love you’ because we are a very kissy, cuddly, affectionate family,” she said.
In a similar case QLD Parents are determined to raise more awareness for sepsis after their teenage son sadly died three weeks after he suffered flu like symptoms.
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Sadly an eight-year-old girl died as a result of the flu. Her family is urging parents to get their kids immunised against the flu!
In another case a young mum is fighting for life in an induced coma, after contracting the flu while pregnant. She has no idea her baby boy has been born
An Adelaide mother has also pleaded with parents to ensure their children get a flu shot after her daughter nearly died from influenza, reports 9 news.
In another sad case a young Victorian dad passed away suddenly from the flu on what was supposed to be his first Father’s Day.
Authorities are now urging those who haven’t had a flu shot to get one, even though it is late in the season. And they advise people to be vigilant about washing their hands, to avoid spreading the virus.
Flu symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, although they tend to be more severe.
Symptoms can include:
dry, hacking cough
moderate-to-high fever (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)
severe muscle or body aches
stuffy and runny nose
profound fatigue (may last up to two weeks)
Colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days, although symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.
Flu symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. They usually last 1 to 2 weeks.
Use your symptoms as a guide to figure out which condition you have. If you think you might have the flu, see your doctor to get tested within the first 48 hours of showing symptoms.
Contact your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they become severe.
Call a doctor right away if a child develops the following symptoms:
refusing to eat or drink
trouble waking up or interacting
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