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Whether we like it or not flu season is here. Ever since my son was 2 I have strongly dreaded the flu season. That year I had decided not to get the flu shot for my son or myself; boy was that a mistake. My husband, son, and I all ended up with the flu. My husband and son had it bad enough that they had their own hospital room. It was not a fun experience. Since that year, my family has gotten the flu shot and have not been that sick again. With cold and flu season upon us, we need to take every extra precaution to keep our family healthy. I think it’s important to be prepared, especially when you have school-aged kids.
In order to minimize the spread of germs I constantly preach to my kids: wash your hands, sneeze in your shirt (or arm pit), and to never drink after a friend. Around the house I am constantly sanitizing door knobs, counter tops, phones, and handles. When my family was finally released from the hospital I went through THREE bottles of the “Clorox Anywhere” sanitizing spray; it was my friend. I was bound and determined to kill any germs!! My whole family takes a daily vitamin, and during this season my husband takes an extra dose of vitamin C. My husband is a teacher and my two oldest are school-aged children. Half of us has had the flu shot and the others will get their’s in a week or so. So far this year (and keeping my fingers crossed) none of us has gotten sick and I strongly believe it’s because I am prepared and take the proper steps to prevent the spreading of germs.
Another way to be prepared is do your research. You can find several great tips about the flu season by reading Elizabeth Pantley’s ebooklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season“. One of my favorite quotes in the book is “You never know how you or your child will be affected by the flu. In less than 10 years, the flu went from the 65th to the 10th most common reason why children were hospitalized.” – Laura Scott, executive director. One preventative measure that is strongly encouraged is washing your hands. Just watch your kids for a little while and see exactly what they touch in that time period. Tons of stuff that could have all kinds of germs on it.
Did you know the kids in america miss 38 million days of school in one year because of the flu?!! That’s a lot of days! The bottom line is you need to do your research and find out what are the best ways to protect your family. They depend on us moms to take of care of them. And the fact of the matter is if they get sick you will most likely get sick as well (sickness likes to stick around families), so in the end it’s just better to prevent anyone from getting sick. Everyone will be a lot happier and healthier!