The Latest News on Stomach Flu
Every parent dreads hearing the three words, "My tummy hurts." Immediately, you start imagining the worst-case scenario: Your child is totally wiped out for days with nonstop vomiting and diarrhea; your home becomes a breeding ground for germs; and this flu spreads like wildfire through your entire family. Unfortunately, this is a reality. In stomach-virus season, entire classrooms and childcare centers can be taken by storm.
Thanks to a new vaccine that fights against rotavirus, a common stomach bug, the number of children who are getting sick with this infection has dropped significantly. But there's an increasing number of different strains of norovirus -- another major cause of tummy trouble, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To protect your family, read up on six surprising lessons about the so-called stomach flu.