I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune Specialty Care. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
A few years ago, our family had the misfortune of coming down with the H1N1 Virus, more commonly known as the Swine Flu. We had been hearing about the pandemic that was going on in the news but we never imagined that our family would fall prey to this serious virus. Unfortunately, since we are all asthmatics, we got hit pretty hard by it and were all pretty much bedridden for over a week. This experience really opened our eyes about the importance of taking certain precautions to stay healthy, especially during flu season.
Everyone should be concerned about the flu. In case you didn’t know, flu season is at its peak during the school year when children are more susceptible to picking up germs and bringing them home to infect the entire family with them. We suspect that this is exactly what happened in our home that year, either our boys brought the virus home from being exposed to it at school or I brought it home from being exposed to it in my classroom. The flu is highly contagious and can be very serious, especially for people with preexisting medical conditions which compromise their immunity. Additionally, the elderly and babies are at greater risk of getting very ill from contracting the flu.
Although one can never fully protect oneself against the flu, there are some things that we can all do to protect ourselves. Here are some tips and tricks for staying healthy during this flu season*:
- Make sure you and your family get vaccinated against the flu and the prominent flu strains that are of concern this season.
- Wash your hands whenever possible and carry antibacterial sanitizer for those moments when washing your hands is not an option.
- Stay away from others who appear to be sick or exhibit the symptoms of the flu such as coughing, sneezing, high fever, or generally lethargic.
- Teach your children to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing with a tissue whenever possible.
- Sanitize areas that have come in contact with germs with a part water, part bleach solution. Such areas include doorknobs, phone receivers, and desk tops.
Make sure you check out Elizabeth Pantley’s free e-booklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season,” to further educate yourself about ways you can protect your children and your family from the flu. I found the facts and information in this booklet to be very useful and especially appreciated learning exactly why the flu is so dangerous to our families. It was shocking to me to learn that, in less than 10 years, the flu has gone from the 65th to the 10th most common reason why children are hospitalized. I, for one, want to try to protect my own children from having to go through this.
When it comes to the flu, prevention is key. It’s important that parents educate themselves about the ways that they can protect their children and their families from contracting the flu. By working together, we can limit the spread of the flu in our own communities and keep our kids healthy this flu season!
*We are not medical professionals and any statements we make are based on our own experiences and are not meant to be taken instead of medical advice from a licensed medical professional.
Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune Specialty Care. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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