Tips to Stay Healthier Together This Flu Season
October 28, 2020
This fall, parents will face a world of sniffles, sneezes, and coughs, which adds even more stress as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tina Tan, Infectious Diseases, shares simple steps you can take to keep your family and your community healthy this cold and flu season. “Following the simple steps outlined here can go a long way to keeping your children and your family safe this winter,” shares Dr. Tan.
- Wash hands frequently. Whether at school, at home or out in the community, handwashing is an effective way to keep your family healthy. For kids, building handwashing skills take practice. Remind kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after playing outside and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. It's also important to practice coughing and sneezing into an elbow and remind your kids not to share toys, food or drinks with friends or classmates.
- Keep up with well checks and vaccinations. Now more than ever, ensuring our families stay healthy is important – and it can be challenging. It is critical for kids and teens to keep up with routine check-ups, including vaccinations, this fall. If a vaccine is delayed or missed, babies and toddlers are at increased risk of getting sick from a disease that is preventable with a vaccine. Lurie Children's is an environment where your family’s safety and health is our priority. For any questions about an upcoming in-person visit, please contact your physician's office.
- Keep your sick child at home. If your kid is experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep them home from school, daycare, or errands. Whether its a runny nose, fever, or severe cough, keeping your child at home will keep it from being spread to other children and potentially passed back around to your home.
- Get the flu shot. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, who are at a higher risk than older children for severe flu-related illness and complications. Dr. Tan recommends getting the flu shot and other vaccines from your child’s pediatrician. If you are coming to Lurie Children’s for a routine checkup or appointment, you can also receive the flu shot during your visit. Getting the flu shot can also help reduce the risk of going to the doctor with flu, which is critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can protect everyone through the power of immunizations.
Whether you are planning routine wellness check-ins or scheduling vaccinations for your family, you have the power to keep friends and family healthy. This fall, the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities is bringing critical wellness checks and vaccinations to those who need it most through their Mobile Health Program.
Our Mobile Health Program brings high-quality clinical services and multifaceted culturally-informed health promotion directly into Chicago communities. The Mobile Health Program provides healthcare services delivered by Lurie Children’s physicians and allied health professionals working out of a readily accessible mobile unit.
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