Friday, September 17, 2010

Healthy Tips for Flu Season

Autumn is one of the best times of the year. Cooler weather, beautiful fall colors, less humidity, and time to get outside to walk and enjoy the season. But along with the season comes back to school epidemics of cold and flu symptoms. Keeping children healthy during the school year increases their ability to learn. Here are a few tips to keep the bugs at bay in your family.
  • 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.
Remember to eat fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and juice, and exercise daily to keep healthy during flu season. For more information on the flu vaccines and preventing the spread of infection visit the Center for Disease Control website. It is vast source of information on all kinds of illnesses and diseases. The main web page can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/ . Specific information on the flu and vaccinating adults and children can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/ . Look for the free printable information sheets on Swine flu, H1N1, and influenza that the CDC provides. Here is to a healthy and happy autumn.

1 comment:

  1. Sound advice, especially the hand washing which frequently isn't done at all much less enough. This is quite disturbing, actually.

    Also, lets not forget to cover our mouth and noses when we sneeze or cough, instead of shooting that volcano across the isle way to some poor suseptible victim. Using your shoulder or arm to sneeze into will stiffle that volcano erruption. Personally, I don't want what's coming out of another person's body shared with me even if they aren't sick, you know? LOL. Another thing, by using your shoulder or arm, then this will help to eliminate those germs from getting onto your hands,too. We know hand-to-hand contact is where all those nasty little bugs are either deposited or collected.

    Remember good ole common sense and consideration is what is needed to avoid getting sick or making someone else sick. =D

    Keep well this flu season!

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