The three necessary steps to fight the flu #FightFlu

Did you know that the seasonal flu typically peaks between December and February and can last as late as May? I totally did not and it has officially landed in our house. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know it has been a rough week or so, but thankfully, it could have been worse. You see, since we have one little one with Asthma and my Father-in-law with pretty much no immune system we have taken the necessary steps to fight the flu.

necessary steps to fight the flu

Step one… The yearly flu vaccine. I know, there is a lot of controversy about the vaccine, but I am all for it and believe it is one of the necessary steps to fight the flu.  The kids get theirs at their pediatrician as soon as it is available and Hubby and I stop by our pharmacy to get ours. The thing about the flu vaccine is that it does not guarantee you won’t get the flu, instead it helps reduce the symptoms and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. It is recommended that everyone six-months and older get the flu vaccine, especially young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

flu shot

Step two… We strive to keep germs to ourselves. Ugh, the germs word, ha! My kids freak out at the thought of germs, yet they still think they can share food and drinks. NOPE! We have had to teach our kids not to share anything with each other. At the same time, we make a big deal out of washing hands all the time and covering when sneezing and coughing. In a home with so many, this is the hardest thing. I mean, it seems like someone always has a cold or allergies, so there is always a chance to spread germs.

Step three… Go to the doctor if flu-like symptoms present themselves. This is super-important! Last week Baby Miss woke with an elevated temperature and headache. We were the first in the door at the Doctors office and low-and-behold she tested positive for the flu. Since it was diagnosed within the first 48 hours she was prescribed Antiviral drugs, which she started immediately and every day for five days. Now, Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter. They don’t really ‘treat the virus, but instead the can make the illness milder and shorten the length of the illness. They may also prevent serious flu complications. Now, Baby Miss received the liquid and hated the taste, but I will say that about twenty-four hours after her first fever, she was up and wanting to play, fever-free. flu like symptoms

All in all, the flu can be scary and unfortunately, it can be deadly. So, take my advice and be sure to take the necessary steps to fight the flu.

Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.

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— My Family of 8 (@adventuresof8) January 27, 2015

Disclosure: 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 here are my own.

 

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