Influenza and of influenza-like illness in children

The idea of the flu among wide layers of the population for last years has considerably changed. The epidemic Asian flu, which swept almost all countries of the world, and the epidemic 1959 showed how serious and dangerous is the disease, especially for children.
Not so long ago many mothers, anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the doctor at the bedside of a sick child and afraid "well-known infections" (diphtheria or scarlet fever), involuntarily sighed with relief, that when the doctor put the diagnosis of influenza.
So what caused such a wrong attitude to this infection remain fully and currently?
For "flu", except influenza, often take a number of other, somewhat similar "influenza-like" illnesses, including so-called acute catarrh of the respiratory tract.
In older children and adults acute catarrh of the respiratory tract can occur without the acute deterioration of the General condition, with low or normal temperature, accompanied by a runny nose, cough, sometimes a sore throat. These diseases, many carry on his feet. Adults continue to go to work, children at school. That's why there was such a "complacent" against the flu. Meanwhile, for small children, as will be shown below, acute catarrh of the respiratory tract is a serious disease.
For "flu" is still rank as some similar (especially at first) infection, as well as any increase in temperature, the cause is unclear.
Therefore, when the disease really is a flu, the parents have a number of questions.
"What is the flu? - they are surprised.- The child immediately to a high temperature. No runny nose or cough".
"Our girls vomiting and abdominal pain. What have the flu?"
"Influenza - cold or infection?", etc.
All these questions and a number of others and we want to answer.