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It’s that time of year again. Flu Season. With the kids being in 2 different school and my husband working in the restaurant industry we usually catch it at least once….sometimes twice. Last year we had it bad and had to get the TamiFlu. Here in TN there were even a few deaths. As a mom, it’s super scary. I went back and forth about vaccinations this year. We were planning on it, but then a friend of ours got her family vaccinated and her son got the flu. I know it’s a SMALL percentage that actually get the flu from the vaccine and I’m pro vaccine in other areas, but after talking with my husband we decided to not get it this year…..Then this week I got a phone call from my sister and her family has it. So Thanksgiving plans may change, but all I can do is make sure the kids are taking precautions.
What do YOU know about the Flu?
This quiz comes from the FREE ebooklet by Elizabeth Pantley, “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season” Take a moment and look at it on fb or even download it and print it out. It’s EXTREMELY helpful. In fact it told me that you can not get the flu from the flu vaccine which makes me rethink my whole stance on getting my kids vaccinated. It also helps explain the difference between the flu and the cold. Colds come and go this time of the year, but every parent should know the difference. Especially since it’s causing more and more children having to be hospitalized every year.
Ways We Combat The Flu
- The kids know at school they wash their hands multiple times a day (bathroom, before and after lunch, after recess, etc)
- When the kids walk through the door from school they use antibacterial gel.
- Here at the house we have soap that plays music for 20 seconds to help remind the kids they need to scrub the entire time the song is playing.
- If they need to cough or sneeze they grab a tissue first
- If I suspect the flu I take them to the Dr. within 24 hours of first symptoms and get them tested so we can start tamiflu asap.
How do YOU Combat the Flu at your house? Another thing that resonated with me from the booklet was:
Every year in the United States, as many as 20 percent of people can get the flu. More than 200,000 of those people develop complications that result in a hospital visit and 20,000 of them are children under the age of 5.
Our best line of defense against the flu is prevention: learning and following the effective ways we know to prevent influenza from affecting our families, our schools, and our communities. To help you remember the best ways to keep your family flu-free, you can learn the A, B, Cs of Flu Prevention.
A–Annual Vaccine B–Be Healthy Handed C–Capture the Germs