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Protecting Your Family From H1N1 and the Flu

Kandi Waddles, M.D., Lexington Clinic Pediatrics  

There is much concern with regards to the H1N1 flu as well as the seasonal influenza for the upcoming fall and winter. So what can we do to protect ourselves and our children from getting sick?  The CDC and local physicians are recommending four main things we can do to help prevent illness:   

1. Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu (available now) and the upcoming 2009 H1N1 vaccine.  

2. Practice good hygiene- wash hands; remember to have your child sing the ABC

          song/ or sing the happy birthday song to ensure an adequate length of time when 

          washing his/her hands.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough-  If a tissue

          is not available; do not sneeze into your hands. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or 

          shoulder instead.

4. If your child is sick keep them home-  Keep your child home until your child has

           gone 24 hours without a fever. Giving your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen and then

           sending your child to school is not acceptable. This is difficult to do sometimes with 2

           working parents, but consider arranging in advance which parent will care for the child

           in theses circumstances. 

For more information on the seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 flu, check out Besides the above information, it is always a good idea to practice other good health habits such as good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest.