- Consider getting the seasonal flu shots for your family. Research shows that vaccinations do ward off some of the most severe forms of the flu. Flu shots are especially important for the very young and those over 50 or anyone who may have a weakened immune system. Keep in mind the flu shot does not prevent the stomach bug from being spread. It prevents the upper respiratory illnesses that can affect the lungs and breathing.
- WASH your hands. Hand hygiene is the single most affective way to keep the bugs away. Good old soap and water after being in public places, after using the rest room, and before and after eating help to prevent the spread of illness. Children should be taught the importance of hand hygiene at a very young age. When soap and water are not available, using hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
- Keep kitchen counters clean by using bleach wipes or other antibacterial spray. Areas where food is prepared are some of the ways bacteria can be spread causing those stomach bugs.
- Keep your child home from school if they have a fever or are vomiting. No one wants their child to be absent from the learning environment, but this lowers the chances of spreading viruses if you limit contact with others during episodes of fever or vomiting. Usually it is considered safe if your child has been fever free for 24 hours, but check with your family doctor or nurse practitioner for specific guidelines.
Friday, September 17, 2010
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