It’s that time of year again – Flu season is here and we have to make sure our children are protected against this disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone 6 months and older get their annual flu vaccination. There are many different options now, and even a convenient nasal spray option for the little ones that don’t like needles. In addition to everyone getting their flu vaccination, it’s important to practice good cough etiquette and social distancing. Instruct your children to cough and sneeze in a tissue and throw the tissue away.
If your child is sick, keep them at home, you don’t want to take the risk of getting others sick.
This is also the time to emphasize the importance of hand washing. Remind your children that they should wash their hands regularly and take at least 20 seconds to wash their hands. That’s approximately about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday, try it with them! Also clean the various surfaces in your home, such as the counters, tables, door knobs, phones, TV remotes, and even toys.
Parents, help keep your children healthy. Good nutrition, exercise, and rest are all elements that contribute to a strong immune system. By offering your child a balanced diet, making sure that they get at least 10-12 hours of sleep and encouraging at least one hour of physical activity, will assist with their overall health.
Ask your doctor if they have flu vaccine’s available. You can also try your local pharmacies or visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/ and find location near you.