Health has recently seen an increased rate of respiratory disease,
especially in asthmatic children. The illness, being confirmed as
enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
EV-D68 is a version of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease resulting in
respiratory illness and may or may not be accompanied by the common
mouth sores that come with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Children with asthma or occasional asthma symptoms, even if never
diagnosed with asthma, are at higher risk for developing severe illness
potentially leading to pneumonia and hospitalization.
This virus is already in our community. To keep your child from getting and spreading EV-D68,
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover Your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick
If your child is asthmatic, or has had signs of asthma in the past, our pediatricians recommend,
- Start taking controller medicine (i.e. inhaled steroids, Singulair), even if no symptoms are present.
taking rescue medicine as well (i.e. albuterol) if child is showing
symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, body and muscle
aches, difficulty breathing, wheezing
For more information, see the following related health articles:
Reminder: To continue to protect yourself, your family and your
community, please plan on getting your flu shot at the following
- Community Flu Shot clinic on September 27 at Hancock High School,
Family Health Center Pediatric Flu Clinics: October 3, October 10,
October 21, October 28. Please call for an appointment by calling (906)
- Or make an appointment for a flu shot by calling your doctor’s office after October 1.