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Quarter 4 Honors Project Check-in #2

Student Name: Aditi Shekar

1. With what signs/symptoms did your child present?
He was tired and lethargic for 3 days. He has aches, fever, sore throat, and extreme

2. Fill out the chart below for each of the tests that you ordered for your baby.
Feel free to add rows if you ordered more than 3 tests.
Tests Ordered for
Swab of throat and nose
Swab of throat


What the results imply

Tristopher has the flu
Tristopher doesn't have
strep throat

3. Based on the results of your tests, what diagnosis did you give to your baby?
What difficulties did you have with the diagnosis? What caused those
Tristopher has the flu. I had difficulty figuring out what to test for. This was because I didn't
know what the symptoms Tristopher was facing indicated, so I had to research a little
further in depth what Tristophers symptoms indicate and what illness he has.

4. What is the treatment plan for your babys illness?

Tristopher should avoid contact with others and stay home and get plenty of rest. If
necessary, he should get antiviral drugs from a doctor.

a. Why are antibiotics used or not used in your treatment?

Antibiotics are not used because the flu is a virus, and antibiotics cannot treat a
b. Whats the babys prognosis after treatment?
Most people recover from the flu
in about 1-2 weeks. Babies have a higher chance of complications of complications
than adults. They can get pneumonia or bacterial infections from the flu. But with
the proper treatment and by following the containment plan, Tristopher is unlikely to
get complications from the flu, as the vaccine and antiviral drugs have shown a 7075% success among children.

c. What is the containment plan to keep your baby from spreading the
illness? Include in your answer information about the incubation period of
the illness and how long the baby is contagious.
Tristopher should keep his distance from others as the germs from the flu can
spread 1 day before symptoms show up and up to 5 days after they show up.
Tristopher should also stay at home and relax because this way his body will have
time to rest and fight the virus and eventually become immune. He should cover his
mouth and nose when he sneezes or coughs so that the germs aren't passed on to
anyone else who breathes that air. Finally, he should wash his hands a lot with warm
water preferably to rinse of most of the germs. Tristopher shouldn't touch his face
before washing his hands because he could get germs on his face and increase the
time he has the flu. He should use lots of soap to get rid of the germs. If he does
this, the flu is not likely to spread to another person or animal. The incubation
period for the flu is around 1-4 days. Tristopher can be contagious from 1 day before
symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after symptoms are developed.
5. What type of pathogen is causing the illness (Virus, Bacteria, Protist, Fungus)
A virus is causing the illness.
a. Is there a vaccine for this illness? Yes, the flu vaccine.
b. At what age can your baby receive the vaccine? Usually at 6 months of age.
c. Since they have the illness, do they even need a vaccine to prevent future
illnesses from this same pathogen? Explain why or why not.
Tristopher would not need a vaccine as he would have developed active immunity.
By getting the flu, his body would have already fought the virus. After fighting the
virus, the virus will soon leave the body. The body would have developed immunity
to this illness, so if the same pathogen comes along in the future, the B cells and T
cells would remember that they had already fought this illness and that the body
has immunity, so the same pathogen would not be able to cause illness.
6. List 3 Correctly-cited resources from which you found the information about
infectious disease in MLA format.
"Treatment." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 16 Sept. 2015. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.
Derrer, David T., MD. "Do You Know How to Avoid Spreading Flu?" WebMD. WebMD, 03
Sept. 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.
"Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Influenza." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Jan. 2015. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.
Pringle, Craig R., PhD. "Influenza." Merck Manuals. N.p., Apr. 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2015.
7. Staple this guide to your work and submit in your folder.