Keep your family healthy with tips from Stanford Children’s Health
It’s fall, which means the 2017–2018 flu season is around the corner. Stanford Children’s Health offers these tips as the best line of defense against catching the flu or other viruses:
Germs (viruses and bacteria) are usually transmitted by direct contact, most often involving the hands — either your hands or someone else’s. Make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly from the hands up to the wrist, and teach your children to do the same.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that anyone who is 6 months or older, including children and adolescents, should get an annual seasonal flu vaccine. This is especially important for children who are at a high risk of influenza complications, including those with asthma, diabetes mellitus and compromised immune systems. Children should receive the vaccine as soon as possible, preferably in October, and pregnant women can be vaccinated for the flu at any time in their pregnancy.
Cover your cough
Remember to sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow or sleeve instead of into your hands.
Stanford Children’s Health wishes you and your family a healthy, happy fall season. Learn more at Stanford childrens.org