Protect your kids from the flu!

As we have all heard on the radio, tv, and from our doctors- the flu is in full force this year. It has officially been announced as an epidemic. Most concerning is the high risk children are at for catching this flu. They are constantly around germs and touch their faces more than adults. Here are some tips you can follow to prevent your little ones from getting sick:

1. Make sure your children get a seasonal flu vaccine and the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area.

2. Encourage healthy hygiene in your home. Remind your kids to wash their hands and to cover their mouths with a tissue or shirt sleeve when they cough. Also, encourage them not to share drinks or eating utensils with their friends at school. Give them a purell bottle to use every now and then throughout the day (a good smelling one that they like will make them want to use it!)

3. Make an effort to keep your kids’ play areas and toys clean. Use sanitizing wipes to wipe down toys, video games, and the computer.

4. This is very important for the health of others- if your child has a fever or displays symptoms of the flu, including body aches, sore throat, headache or a cough, keep your child home from school.  Don’t put other kids at risk. Take them to the doctor and follow each and every instruction the doctor gives.

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