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Monday, November 18, 2013

Fight the Flu with MedImmune

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune Specialty Care. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Last year the flu hit hard here. Some of the local schools almost had to close because so many kids were home sick. My older son missed an entire week of school because his poor little body just couldn’t fight it off. The flu ran in cycles where he would feel better for almost an entire day, then would suddenly feel sick again. The poor little guy was just miserable! Thankfully, my husband and I did not get sick, so we were able to take care of the boys. I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like that week if we had all gotten sick!

There is so much controversy right now about the flu vaccine, but if you were thinking about getting it this year, here are some things to think about (information from Elizabeth Pantley’s e-book “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season”):
  • Children are more likely to contract the flu than adults because their immune systems are still developing
  • The flu can be contagious a full day before symptoms appear, and can be spread quickly from person to person.
  • The flu is the 10th most common reason why children were hospitalized
Kids are sometimes  hard to keep healthy. It’s hard to get my boys to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly every day, and who knows what they touch throughout the day! We haven’t gotten the flu vaccine this year, but it is definitely on my mind as I see friends and school-mates of my boys getting sick. The spreading of germs is inevitable when kids are in school, so I know it’s quite possible that my boys could get the flu this year (though, thankfully we have all been healthy so far!).

What about your family? Have you been vaccinated against the flu this year? Do you plan to? Don’t forget to check out Pantley’s e-book.

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