Twittermoms has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and asked me to help share ways that you can protect your family from the flu this season. You may read more about that request here.
Flu viruses are constantly changing and each flu season a different strand of the flu viruses can spread. The flu can affect people differently based on their bodies ability to fight infection. Healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to other family members and friends. The flu season is unpredictable and it can be severe. The 2009 H1N1 virus that caused alot of illnesses was more serious for younger people than the seasonal flu usually is and it is still a serious threat this season. The flu can make you miserable, lead to missed days from work and/or school, hospitalization and even in severe cases, death.
As the flu season comes and goes, there are things that you can do to protect yourself on a regular basis. The employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want you and your families to be protected. The first and most important step in protecting yourself and your loved ones against the flu is to get your flu vaccine.
The CDC has some facts and tips that I found interesting and I thought that I would share them with you. They recommend that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine is updated each season to protect you against the three flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness. The vaccine will provide protection that lasts through the whole flu season. You will still need to get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine even if you had the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine last flu season. If you or your children don't care for shots, the flu vaccine is also available in mist form. For more information on any of this, please ask your doctor or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
While the flu vaccine is best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu I would still encourage alot of hand washing and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough. I always try to teach my children good manners and hygiene but it is especially important during flu season. There are a lot of bad germs out there and we sure don't want them on us.
Have you had your flu shot yet?
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