Five Ways to Prevent the Flu

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How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting the Flu?

As the seasons change, the flu virus will become more prevalent in our community. For parents, the coming months can be a particularly challenging time as they need to take extra precautions to protect their children from viruses like the flu. The good news is that with some simple strategies and proactive measures, you can keep your kids healthy. Here are five tips to help your kids stay safe this flu season.

1. Vaccinate Your Children
One of the most effective ways to prevent the flu is through vaccination. Make sure your kids receive their flu shots annually and early in the season. It is a safe and proven method to reduce the risk of infection and its severity, if they do get sick.

2. Teach Proper Hand Hygiene
Encourage your children to wash their hands regularly, especially before eating, and after using the restroom. Teach them to use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, which can help prevent the spread of the flu virus.

3. Provide Hand Sanitizer
When soap and water are not available, carry a small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you. Teach your kids to use it when they cannot wash their hands at a sink. Ensure the sanitizer contains at least 60 percent alcohol for maximum effectiveness.

4. Educate About Cough Etiquette
Teach your children to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue or their elbow when they cough or sneeze. This helps prevent the spread of flu germs to others.

5. Stay Informed and Seek Medical Attention
Stay up to date on flu activity in your area by monitoring local health advisories. If your child shows symptoms of the flu, such as fever, cough, or body aches, visit your nearest UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center, or visit one of our UHealth Jackson Children’s Care pediatric emergency departments, located at Holtz Children’s hospital, Jackson North Medical Center, Jackson South Medical Center, and Jackson West Medical Center.