6 New Facts About Stomach Flu

What you don't know about this common ailment can make your kid feel even worse. To help her fight back from stomach viruses fast, be sure to learn these six essential facts.

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.

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