Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is seeing an uptick in the number of children being admitted with the flu. The hospital says 200 children tested positive for the flu so far this flu season.
Between 250 and 300 children have gone through Le Bonehur's doors every day for the last three days; the hospital's emergency room says approximately 20 to 25 percent are coming in with flu-like symptoms.
"The other thing that we are seeing is that the children coming in previous years haven't been quite as sick. This year, they're a little bit sicker and we're seeing a higher percentage being admitted," says Crile Crisoer, Administrative Director of Emergency Services at Le Bonheur.
Le Bonheur says they're admitting nearly ten children with the flu each day, and the number continues to grow.
Doctor's at the children's hospital say to keep children from getting sick, make sure they receive the flu vaccine - available in a shot or mist - and have them wash their hands frequently. Crisoer also says, "When children are sick, they (parents) should keep them out of school. When they have a fever, don't send them to school. That really spreads the virus."
The hospital says this flu season does not compare to the large number of H1N1 flu cases they saw in 2009, but emphasize that this flu season they're seeing a larger amount of flu cases than normal.
Le Bonheur's doctors have tested the current flu strain against this year's flu vaccine; they say the vaccine does cover the flu virus that's spreading.