Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Rockville, MD

The flu can be miserable at any age, but it often hits children the hardest. Because your child’s immune system isn’t yet as strong as yours, they may feel even worse than you realize. If you suspect that your child might have the flu, the Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care team in Rockville, Maryland, is here to help. Use online booking or call the office to get in touch today.

Flu Q & A

What’s a rapid flu test?

A rapid flu test is a quick diagnostic test that Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care offers on site. With a small nasal swab, your doctor can get the necessary cell sample. In less than half an hour, you'll know whether your child has the flu.

Because a severe cold may cause flu-like symptoms, a rapid flu test can be very helpful in determining the problem and how to proceed with treatment.

What are the symptoms of the flu in children?

If your child has the flu, they're likely to have symptoms that include:

  • Fever
  • Body chills
  • A sore throat
  • A runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Body aches
  • A headache
  • Exhaustion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Flu symptoms often start quite suddenly in children, and your child may have multiple symptoms at once.

Does the flu always cause a fever?

No. Many parents assume that their child only has a cold if they've got flu-like symptoms but lack a fever. In fact, there are times when a flu sufferer never runs a fever. If your child has flu-like symptoms, it's always best to get tested promptly.

How long is my child contagious if they have the flu?

If your child has the flu, they're most contagious in the first 3-4 days after symptoms start. However, children can pass the flu virus to others for a week or longer. Be sure to closely adhere to all of the doctor's guidelines regarding exposure to others if your child's diagnosed with the flu.

How can I prevent the flu in my child?

A yearly flu vaccination is the most powerful weapon that you've got when it comes to preventing flu in your child. You can also take some precautions including:

  • Avoiding sick people
  • Having your child wash their hands frequently
  • Carrying antibacterial hand gel with you
  • Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough

While flu isn't 100% preventable, yearly vaccination and the precautions above can be highly effective in avoiding the illness.

What’s the treatment for the flu?

Your doctor may prescribe several things to help alleviate your child’s symptoms, including:

  • Pain relievers like acetaminophen
  • Cough medicine
  • Antiviral medication

While there’s no cure for the flu, your child can get the most effective symptom relief by seeing the team at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care as soon as symptoms start.

Need urgent pediatric care for the flu? Contact Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, online or by phone to get help now.