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The Flu is Not Just a Runny Nose… If there were ever a year to get the Flu Vaccine, 2020 would be the time.

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Influenza, (also known as the Flu) is a virus that can cause serious illness. Besides a runny nose and cough, symptoms can include high fever, sore throat, body aches, chills, and vomiting. Typically, children younger than 5 years old are at risk of developing flu-like symptoms and can develop very serious health problems. In fact, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 mos. and older. A vaccine can offer your very best defense against the flu and because we are still in a pandemic, this year is more important than ever. Not only does the vaccine reduce the spread of flu to others, it can also reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work, and school days. Flu vaccines are updated each season to protect against the viruses that will be most common. In other words, this season’s vaccine has been updated from last year’s to better match the circulating virus. While flu season is between October and May, it can be contracted anytime throughout the year. Because there are so many different flu viruses, the vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are more likely to make people sick during the season. There are two ways for children to get the vaccine: The Flu shot which is given to children 6 months and older; or the Flu nasal spray which is a spray that goes into the nose. Protection will last about a year so it’s critical to be vaccinated each year. Because babies and young children can become very sick from the virus, it’s important to keep them safe and protected. The flu is sneaky and insidious and can spread like wildfire. Imagine someone with the flu coughs or sneezes near your child. The virus then spreads through the air. Or suppose she touches something (like a toy) that has the virus on it, and then touches her face or eyes. This could lead to infection. Those that have the flu can infect others from 1 day before they get sick, up to 5 to 7 days after. Some serious health problems can be caused by the flu, which include chronic health conditions like heart disease or asthma. In more serious cases, brain problems like encephalopathy, which is a brain disease that can affect the brain’s structure or how the brain works. Pneumonia and sinus problems can also be a factor. If your child does get the flu, offer plenty of liquids. Fever and appetite loss are common with the flu and can lead to dehydration. You will want to encourage your child to rest in bed and slow down. Over the counter medicines to treat symptoms can also help alleviate symptoms but they are to be used at the discretion of your doctor. A cool-mist humidifier is a wonderful investment and can help to relieve coughs and stuffy noses. Honey can help loosen a stubborn cough and can be given to children older than 12 months of age. Usually 1-2 teaspoons will do the trick. While quite rare, some children die from the flu and since 2005 flu-related deaths in children reported to the CDC during regular flu seasons ranged from 37 to 188 deaths. Of course we can’t stress enough the importance of continuing to wash your hands. Since kids often touch their mouths and faces, parents should make sure their kids’ hands are washed with soap and water to remove germs before eating, after using the bathroom, and when they come inside from playing. Also, be sure and keep your kids home from school if they are showing any symptoms.

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The County Woman’s Newspaper is published bi-monthly in Atlantic, Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey and is available free of charge...