Doctors and families fighting the flu

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "It's how the child looks. If they look really ill, really tired, really distressed it's time to come to the doctor."

    Each year roughly 20,000 children under the age of 5 will be hospitalized with flu complications according to the CDC.

    Treatments such as Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs keep that number from being even higher but they typically only work within the first two days.

    "I'm seeing ten to fifteen kids a day with the flu..." Timing is key according to pediatrician Jerry Byrum.

    If you're a parent contemplating whether to bring your child to the doctor, keep an eye out for some specific symptoms.

    "Achiness, high fever, 104, 105 degrees of fever means you want to come see your doctor," said Byrum.

    Most pediatricians, like Byrum, can tell pretty soon if their patient has the flu.

    "Many times they're lying down on the table. They're not sitting in the chair, they're lying on the table and they have a blanket and they're shivering because they're so sick. You look at the child and they look ill," said Byrum.

    Byrum reminds parents it's still not too late to get your family vaccinated.

    This is especially important for young children and children with long term health conditions. "It will help a lot of kids not get the flu if they flu shot and there's so much flu going around right now it's still a good time to do it. There's still time to prevent your child from getting the flu if they get that shot."

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