This post is part of the blogger program by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions shared in “Take 3” Actions, Tips To Protect Your Family Against The Flu! #FightFlu” are my own.
If you were thinking it was too late to protect your family against the flu this season, then you will be relieved to know that there is still plenty that you can do!
A few years back, my husband and 2 older children went out-of-town for vacation. We visited the local attractions, ate while we were sightseeing, and even took our son to a kid’s activity center. Of course I view those areas as “germ central” and proceeded to obsessively wipe his hands.
The FUNNY thing was, my husband and I were so concerned about our little guys well-being that we forgot to do the same for ourselves. After arriving home from our trip, my husband started to exhibit the signs of the Flu. Before it was all said and done, we both had paid a visit to the ER with full-blown symptoms.
Thankfully neither one of the kids got sick, but why was that? Well #1, the adults were not careful with cleaning our hands before eating and after handling the items in the play area. #2 We did not have our Flu shots (both kids did though).
Obviously this could have been a preventable situation and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to “Take 3” Actions against the Flu to help you avoid the same scenario!
1) Take time to get a flu vaccine every year – The CDC is encouraging anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get a flu vaccine, since it may still offer benefit.
2) Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs – Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Use commons sense—if you’re sick, stay home from school or work.
3) Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them – If you get the flu and are at high risk for serious flu complications, prompt antiviral treatment is critical. Antiviral medicines work, but they aren’t being used nearly enough.
For other ways to help prevent the Flu visit the CDC’s 6 Tips on Healthy Habits.
Have you gotten your family vaccinated for this Flu season? What steps do you take towards the prevention of illness?
To learn more about the Flu prevention, be sure to visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to “Take 3” Actions against the Flu.
So what did I learn from that awful sickness? In order to parent at your best, you also need to be a healthy. Be sure to take the preventative steps for yourself as well as your children.