It’s a few months into the school year. Homework is keeping everyone up too late, the weather is kind of starting to change and
It’s an unseasonably warm fall overall, but that doesn’t mean the flu isn’t coming. Education Matters spoke to pediatricians and parents in Los Angeles to ask about their concerns, and to get the medical answers.
Yes, flu season is a thing.
Yes, the flu shot might make your kid feel sick. No, it is not the flu.
Sometimes, like last year, the scientists who decide which viruses to vaccinate against are wrong, and your kid might get sick from a different strain. But doctors say it’s more likely that the vaccine will help, so get it.
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How can I prevent my kid from getting sick?
And not just a cursory wash. They should scrub both sides of their hands with soap for a minute to a minute and a half. They can pass the time by singing “Happy Birthday” twice, or going through the alphabet twice. Kids are most likely to pass sickness onto each other by contact.
Hold off on the antibiotics.
Also, hold off on the cough syrup.
Hot fluids are fine, and so are cold ones.
This is a concern some parents have that’s completely unrelated to flu season. The mosquito-born disease has been in the news lately. Most people who are dying are older, but it’s a good idea to use common preventative measures like keeping your kids inside or more covered at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. And it’s a good idea to be using mosquito repellent.