Thursday, January 10, 2013

Healthy Children, Happy You

Flu season is upon us, and despite the beautiful weather Hawaii boasts even at this time of year, influenza outbreaks still occur. For children in particular, the flu is far more dangerous than the common cold. Nationwide, the 2013 flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in the last decade, the Center for Disease Control reports, while in Hawaii, they “are actually reporting low or minimal levels of influenza.” That is good news, but precautions should still be taken to ensure your children remain healthy.

The CDC encourages you to take these simple steps to protect yourself and your family from the flu:

1. Get the flu vaccine. This is by far the best way to protect your children against influenza. “CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

2. Fight germs. Cover your cough and wash your hands often. Germs are everywhere, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do our best to protect against them.

Is there anything you do in particular to keep your children healthy? Please share with us!