The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts through the flu season. Even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine last season, you still need to get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine. There is the alternate flu vaccine in mist form if you or your kids do not like shots! For more information on this, ask your doctor or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
Now, since I don't believe in the flu shot and no one in our family gets them and never has, I have a couple of
tips to prevent getting the flu other than the shot.
- Wash Your Hands: This is very important! The easiest way to protect yourself from germs.
- Cover your mouth: Try to cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm. This way you are not spreading your germs and if you touch something afterward, you won't be spreading your germs.
- Stay Home: One of my biggest peeves is when parents bring their sick children out. Please keep them at home or at least away from other children. It is not fair to knowingly chance other children getting sick.
- Finish Your Medicine: If you are sick and the doctor prescribes medicine, make sure you finish the whole amount. Doctors prescribe medicine to be taken over a course of time and just because you feel better doesn't mean the sickness is gone.
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