Protecting Your Kids from Flu
Studies show that about (8-12) % of people around the world get flu each year. The flu is defined as a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses (A, B, C or D) that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can be mild to severe disease, and at some times can result in death. In this article, clear preventive measures are advised to protect our kids from being affected by flu including vaccines, personal protective measures and finally antiviral drugs.
World Health Organization (WHO), as well as medical entities worldwide, are recommending the annual flu vaccine. Flu vaccination helps?reducing flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, sick leaves and absence on school and classes due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It has shown a significant reduction in the child’s risk of dying from influenza. Pregnant women should be vaccinated to help strengthen the immunity of their baby after delivery for months, while infants with less than 6 months should not be vaccinated. Despite, people living with those infants and taking care after them should be vaccinated.
Kids must also follow proper preventive actions every day to avoid infection and stop the spread of germs through the following:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If others are sick, limit contact with them and keep away.
- If you get sick, try to stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw all disposable materials you or the sick person touched in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands?often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand rub if there is no soap.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to not spread the germs.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs flu-like tapes, teeth brush and others.
- It would be advised to let sick people eat and drink alone.
- Make sure the home is very well ventilated.
- Clean all covers and furniture well and expose them to sunlight.
Getting flu may occur despite following all precautions as it spreads up to about 6 feet away through coughing, sneezing or talking because contaminated saliva droplets land in the mouths or noses of anyone nearby. Your kid may get the flu by touching a surface or object that holds the virus and then touching your mouth or nose. So, if you get infected, then you must approach a doctor instantly.
Always remember, an ounce of prevention is more effective than a pound of cure. For that, always make sure your kids get their vaccination during flu season (December – February) every year while maintaining proper hygiene practices.
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