Over the past few weeks, you may have been hearing a lot on the news about Influenza, aka, the Flu. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about the flu.
Do I have a flu or a cough?
The flu and a cough are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses The two illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms which makes it difficult to tell the difference between the two. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems. The flu is typically more severe than a cold. A person may develop fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough that are more intense than a cold. The flu can result in other serious health problems such as pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalizations.
I heard the flu shot this year is ineffective. Should I still get it?
Yes! Getting the flu shot is the first and best way to protect yourself from getting the illness. Everyone who is at least 6 months old should get their flu shot. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention also states that when you are vaccinated against the flu the length and severity of the illness is shortened if you do come down with it. In addition, the risk of developing serious complications from the flu are greatly reduced when you are immunized.
What are things I can do to help prevent the flu?
In addition to getting the flu vaccine it is important to avoid close contact with anyone that has the flu, wash your hands often and well, and avoid touching your eyes and mouth with your hands. If you do come down with the flu or any other illnesses its important to stay home and cover your cough!
My kids play with slime all the time at school and at home. Can slime carry germs and illnesses and increase the chances of my child getting sick?
According to Josh Schaffzin, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in Infectious Disease at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, virus germs such as the flu cannot grow on the slime, but they can get there from someone’s hands or a sneeze, and they’ll stay alive for a few hours. He also states “When more than one child is playing with slime, it’s similar to sharing markers or clay. The germs on a child’s hands can transfer to anything that is touched — the table, the marker, the slime. Use an alcohol hand rub or soap and water to clean hands before and after playing with slime. Wipe or spray the playing surface with a disinfectant when slime time is over to get rid of most germs. And it’s best for kids with a cough or cold to keep their slime to themselves and not share it with healthy siblings [or friends] to lower the risk of sharing germs.” (http://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/safety-and-prevention/homemade-slime-experts-weigh-in-on-safety-germs/0)
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