A Guide for Parents on The Flu

A Guide for Parents on The Flu

November 16, 2023 in News, Parent Education & Support

As a parent, this time of year can be especially difficult to navigate due to the increased number of illnesses. Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Parents as Teachers (PAT) are providing parents a guide on things to know about influenza or the “flu” and ways to protect their children from getting sick.

The flu can vary from mild to severe. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Flu viruses mainly spread by droplets made when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus can also be spread through touching a contaminated surface and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose.

How can you protect your child(ren)? The first and best way to protect against the flu is getting a yearly flu vaccine for yourself and your child(ren). The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year. In addition to the vaccine, Parents as Teachers recommend teaching your child(ren) about the “3 C’s” (cover, clean, contain). Cover your coughs and sneezes. Clean your hands often. Contain germs by staying home when you are sick.

If you have any concerns or worries about your child’s health or if they have not yet received their annual flu shot, reach out to your primary care provider. If you are looking for additional parental support and information, please reach out to the Parents as Teachers FREE program at 563-927-7685.