There are three simple things parents can do to help prevent the flu.
Here in Houston, we are still right in the middle of flu season.
If you have young kids, it’s especially important to protect them from the flu virus, because they have a greater chance of getting very sick. The good news is, there are a few simple things you can do reduce your family’s chances of catching the flu.
Tips for preventing the spread of the flu
- Get flu shots for the whole family – It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Doctors recommend that anyone older than six months should get one. This includes pregnant women.
- Wash your hands often—and make sure your kids do, too. – It can be hard to keep little hands clean, but it’s so important during flu season. Help your kids wash their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – To help prevent the spread of germs, use a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid using your hand.
What to do if you think someone in your family has the flu
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuff nose
- Body aches
If think you or your children have the flu, make an appointment with your doctor. This is especially important for pregnant women, young children, and people over 65.
And finally, if your doctor says you have the flu, take your medication and stay home! People are usually contagious for 24 hours after a fever is gone.
Schedule an appointment today at Airline Children’s Clinic. Call: (713) 695-4013
At Airline Children’s Clinic, we offer bilingual services for infants, children and adolescents. New patients are always welcome. We accept Medicaid, CHIP, and other insurance. Assistance is available for uninsured patients.