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Children who cannot continue their daily routines due to the flu are admitted to hospitals with symptoms such as weakness and fever.

Exp. Dr. made important statements to families against the flu epidemic.

Children who cannot continue their daily routines due to the flu are admitted to hospitals with symptoms such as weakness and fever. Exp. Dr. made important statements to families against the flu epidemic.

With the cooling of the weather, there is an increase in epidemic diseases, especially flu cases. Children are among the most affected by the flu. Children who cannot continue their daily routines due to the flu are admitted to hospitals with symptoms such as weakness and fever. Exp. Dr. made important statements to families against the flu epidemic.

Flu, like other respiratory infections, spreads rapidly in public areas where there are crowds, people live close to each other, such as schools and workplaces. Children are most affected by the flu, which is more common between the month November – April. An expert from the Department of Child Health and Diseases of MedicalPark International Istanbul Hospital, who said that the influenza virus that causes the flu changes every year, said. Dr. said, “The flu virus spreads rapidly from person to person, especially in workplaces and schools. The age group of children, especially those of nursery and school age, plays a role as the most important carriers of the disease. The flu affects faster than the common cold, and people who get the flu feel sicker. Children with colds usually have the energy to play games and continue their daily routines, while the flu usually keeps them in bed,” she said.

1- The virus can live on toys for several hours

An expert who says that the influenza virus is found in the throat and nose. Dr. said, “Flu germs spread easily because children often touch their noses, eyes and mouths, put things in their mouths and often come into contact with each other during play. The influenza virus can be spread through airborne droplets. These droplets come from the nose and mouth during coughing or sneezing, circulate in the air and reach the mouths or noses of other people located within 1 meter. A person with the flu gets the virus on their hands when touching their nose or mouth, wiping their nose, coughing or sneezing, and can pass the virus directly to others by touching them. A person with the flu infects their hands with the virus and then touches an object such as a toy or furniture. The influenza virus can live on toys, door handles, computer keyboards or other hard surfaces for several hours. The virus can be transmitted to the hands of others who touch the same objects. People then become infected when they touch their eyes, noses or mouths,” he said.

2- The flu can be severe under the age of two

According to the expert, the symptoms of the flu are symptoms such as sudden fever, chills, headache. Dr. Erdogan said, “The flu starts with muscle aches, extreme fatigue, dry cough and sore throat. Loss of appetite is common. People with the flu usually feel very sick and want to stay in bed. Children also have these symptoms, but they may also experience some different symptoms. For example, newborns and infants may have unexplained high fever. There may be no symptoms other than fever. Young children’s fever is usually above 39.5C and they may have febrile seizures. It can cause flu, croup, pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Stomach upsets, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are more common in young children. Ear pains, redness of the eyes may be observed. The flu can be more severe in children under the age of 2 or with chronic diseases,” he said.

3- Should not be given more than necessary antipyretic

Children with the flu should be encouraged to rest as much as possible, according to the Expert Dr. made the following suggestions to the families:

“If there is a fever situation, children should be dressed in lighter clothes and the house temperature should be kept around 20 degrees. Children should be given plenty of liquid supplements during this process. There may be loss of appetite in children during this period. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that children eat small but nutritious meals. For muscle aches and in cases of fever above 38.5 degrees, the antipyretics recommended by the doctor can be used in the appropriate and correct dose. If the fever drops by 1.5 degrees, it means that the response to the fever reducer has been received. Using too many antipyretics may cause conditions such as liver and kidney damage. Cold medicines are not used under the age of 4 unless recommended by your doctor. In addition, regular nasal cleansing should be provided. Influenza cannot be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics should only be used when children develop bacterial complications, such as an ear infection or pneumonia. Gargling with warm water will relieve a sore throat.”

4- The most important step of protection is hand hygiene

The expert who stated that the first way to protect yourself from the flu is to ensure proper hand hygiene. Dr. said, “It is important to wash hands regularly. Hands should also be washed after direct contact with someone with a respiratory infection. It is necessary to teach children the habit of hand washing. Parents should also wash their hands after coming into contact with the sick child. If water and soap are not available, hand sanitizers should be used. It is necessary to teach children to cover their noses and mouths with tissues when sneezing or coughing, and to immediately throw used tissues into the garbage basket. If one of the family members has the flu, it is necessary to clean the surfaces (such as toys, bathroom taps and door handles) after the sick person touches them. If there is a sick child, he should not be sent to school or nursery until he feels well,” he said.



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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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