With winter fast approaching, it’s time to prepare yourself and your children for the upcoming flu season. Every year, between 5% to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu. With these simple tips, you can help to prevent the spread of the flu and lessen the chances that you and your family fall ill.
1. Get Your Flu Vaccine
A flu vaccine is the main defense against influenza. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months gets a flu vaccine before the end of October in order to be fully protected for the duration of flu season. Getting vaccinated will lessen the chances that your children will have to miss school, you have to miss work from being sick, or you have to miss work to care for your sick child. Consult with your primary physician and your child’s pediatrician in order to understand your options and create the best flu vaccine plan.
2. Know the Symptoms
Knowing the symptoms of the flu is important in order to get treatment as soon as possible. Being aware of your body and in-tune with how you feel can help stop the flu in its tracks and prevent the illness from getting too serious. Some of the main symptoms you should look out for are coughing, fever, headache, sore throat, and a runny nose. For a full list of possible symptoms and complications that could arise, visit the CDC website.
3. Stop the Spread of Germs
Obviously, right? A main way to fight the flu is stopping the spread of germs. This means washing your hands as much as possible, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze, using hand sanitizer, and doing anything else that can mitigate the risk of coming in contact with flu germs. By keeping up with healthy hygiene habits, you can significantly lower your risk of getting the flu and can lessen the chances that others will come in contact with the flu virus.
These 3 tips will help you navigate away from the flu this upcoming flu season and can help you stay healthier, longer. Of course, if you feel like you or your child are getting sick or are experiencing symptoms that align with the flu, consult your physician or pediatrician.