No One likes shots … well at least mostly no one does but when you become a parent you need to become a responsible adult and get the flu vaccine each year to help protect not only yourself but also your child. The flu is a virus of the nose, throat and lungs that is caused by the influenza virus and can easily be spread from person to person. It is usually spread through a cough, sneeze or person with a runny nose.
Symptoms of the Flu:
- High Fever
- Dry Cough
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Sore Muscles
Ways to Combat the Flu:
- Get yourself vaccinated
- Get your child vaccinated. Children can be vaccinated once they are over the age of 6 months.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (According to the Center of Disease Control, you should wash your hands as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday Song twice.)
- Stay away from those that are sick
- Keep hands away from your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes
What do you do if you child becomes sick with the flu?
Take your child to your pediatrician or to the near hospital if they present any of the following:
- Has a high fever that lasts a long time
- Skin has a blue coloring
- Will not drink enough fluids
- Has trouble breathing or is breathing fast
- Child will not wake up, is fussy when held, or sees very confused
- Gets better but then suddenly worse than before
Your child should not go to school if they have the flu. They need to stay home and rest and recover until their temperature has been normally for over a 24 hour period.