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Flu Prevention Tips to Keep You Healthy for Flu Season

Posted by Ivey on January 18th, 2013

Needle Inserted into Vaccine This flu season is shaping up to be one of the roughest in recent years. During a recent CDC Press Briefing on the rapid spread of influenza virus strains in the U.S., CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden pointed out that 47 states are currently reporting “widespread geographic influenza activity.” Additionally, Dr. Richard Besser, ABC Chief Health and Medical Director, warned in an interview that although flu activity seems to be decreasing in some states that were hit early on, such as those in the southern U.S., we could still be facing up to six more weeks of flu season. It’s no wonder that people are taking this year’s flu season seriously.

Beyond flu vaccinations, regular hand-washing, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home when you feel sick, there are other flu prevention methods to give you the best chance of avoiding the illness this season.
Read on for our flu prevention tips.

Should I Get A Flu Shot?

Posted by John on October 24th, 2008

Flu season starts this month and peaks in late January. You can get a flu shot anytime during flu season, but it’s best to get it early.

Who Should Get A Flu Shot? Read more about flu shots

Top Five Reasons for Missing School

Posted by John on August 18th, 2008

Class is back in session! It’s time for homework, report cards, and (hopefully not too many) sick days.

The Mayo Clinic recently released the top five reasons why children miss school:

1. Common Cold – The airborne common cold virus spreads easily from child to child in classroom settings. Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, and fever. Cough medicines are not recommended for young children, and there’s no cure for the cold, but here’s how you can help your child feel better:

humidifiers

Offer plenty of fluids, such as water, juice and chicken soup.
Encourage your child to rest as much as possible.
Run a humidifier in your child’s bedroom, or have your child sit in a steamy bathroom.
Try over-the-counter saline nose drops.
For an older child, soothe a sore throat with hard candy, cough drops or gargled salt water. 

Read more about the most common reasons for missed school