Oct 7, 2010

Protecting Your Family from the Flu this Season

The flu can be a deadly illness.  It can also lead to complications such as pneumonia.  We love our families and want to take care of them.  We all know that the vaccines can save lives.  There are even cheap methods of getting the vaccinations.  I know that many health departments will give them free of charge, and pharmacies such as CVS and Walmart have vaccination clinics.

It has been years since my family has been affected by the flu.  I can't say it is all luck either.  Each October my son and I get the flu vaccination, both the seasonal and swine flu last year and probably this year.  My husband is the wild card, he can't get time off of work to go to the doctor and I think he thinks he is invincible.  Oh well, he has been lucky so far.

The CDC recommends the following:

• Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to be vaccinated against the flu.

• The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts through the flu season.

• The flu vaccine is updated each season to protect against the three flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness.

• You need to get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine last season.

• If you or your kids do not like shots, the flu vaccine is also available in mist form. For more information on this, ask your doctor or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

There are several ways for you to protect your family even if you get the flu shot.  Wash your hands several times.  Always wash before you eat or touch your mouth.  If you have a child with a loose tooth, they are always going to be sticking their hands into their mouths.  Make sure they wash their hands a lot!

There are certain people who cannot get the flu vaccine, and my mother is one of those unfortunate people.  We have to get flu shots to protect her.  She is in her 60s and I would feel terribly if I contracted the flu and gave it to someone who ended up dying.

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