Flu season is quickly approaching. While every flu season comes with some level of fear for most, that feeling is likely heightened this year as we power through a global pandemic at the same time. On a positive note, many of the precautions you’re taking now can help protect your family from the flu too. We’ve gathered our top five tips for keeping the flu away from your household.
Get the flu vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone six months and older receive the flu shot each year. At Urgent Care for Children, we offer the influenza vaccination to adults and children. We have both the shot and mist, which provides a non-invasive option for kiddos. Simply walk-in to your closest UC4C location to secure flu shots for the entire family today; no appointment is needed.
Wash your hands.
It may seem obvious, but we cannot make a list of ways to prevent the flu without covering hand-washing. Children should wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds throughout the day, especially before eating, after visiting the restroom, and after blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing. If soap and water are unavailable, opt for a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or higher. For more information on hand-washing protocols, visit this link.
Get plenty of sleep.
Our bodies become more susceptible to contracting illnesses when are fuel tanks are running low. While the number of hours recommended for each child varies based on their age, we encourage parents to educate themselves on the appropriate amount of sleep their kiddo should be getting each night here. By scoring enough sleep, children are allowing their bodies to heal and better prepare for the next day.
Eat fruits and vegetables.
Certain foods can help your child stock up on vitamins and antioxidants without even realizing it. Pack your kiddo’s diet full of leafy greens such as lettuce, broccoli, and spinach as well as vitamin-C rich foods such as oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, and grapefruits. These fruits and veggies not only incorporate a healthy variety into their meals but also supplies their bodies with essential nutrients needed to ward off disease and infection.
Cover your nose and mouth.
Science has shown that the flu does spread primarily through respiratory droplets by talking, coughing, and sneezing. Stopping the spread of the virus starts by teaching your child to cover their nose and mouth properly. While face coverings and masks may or may not be mandatory in your area, they are still tools to consider using during flu season to protect your family and those around them.
When putting these tips to work, you can rest assured that you are doing all you can to prevent your family from falling sick this fall. And, in the case that your little one does end up with the dreaded runny nose or croupy cough, know that our doors are open all 365 days of the year, including late nights and weekends, to help them get to feeling better in a flash. To find an Urgent Care for Children location near you, visit our website here.