As autumn turns into winter, the rest of the leaves fall from the trees and snow begins to blanket the ground. Although it is beginning to look more and more like winter every day, it’s still not too late to get your flu shot. By getting your annual flu shot, you are ensuring the health of not only yourself, but also your family and the other people around you.
Flu Shots for Children and Young Adults
Getting an annual flu shot is especially important for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Fortunately, White Oak Pediatrics serves all of these age groups! Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are recommended yearly for all patients who are older than six months of age. Intranasal influenza vaccines are also available for patients older than two years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza (or the flu) is a contagious disease that spreads across the country every year, especially between the months of October and May. The flu season might have already begun, but it is better to get yourself and your children vaccinated against the flu late rather than never! Getting the flu is much more dangerous for infants and young children than it is for a middle-aged adult. The flu may also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and it can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you or someone you know has a medical condition, like heart or lung disease, catching the flu can make it worse. Influenza vaccines can prevent you from getting the flu, can make the flu less severe (if you do catch it), and can prevent you from spreading the disease to your family and others.
Avoiding the Risk of Contracting the Flu
The flu is most often spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Schools can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is imperative that your children protect themselves against this disease by practicing a few simple tricks to stay healthy. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is a good idea to get into the habit of doing whatever is in your power to avoid getting yourself, or anyone else, sick.
1. Wash Your Hands: It might seem obvious, but especially during flu season, it is important to keep washing your hands at the forefront of your mind. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or your whole face when you have been handling other things around your office or school. Once you have the chance, go into the bathroom and wash your hands to avoid spreading germs any further. Just remember to apply hand lotion so your skin doesn’t dry out!
2. Get Enough Rest: You can’t expect your body, or anyone else’s for that matter, to perform with minimal sleep. Anything under six hours of sleep per night, for most people, is just completely unacceptable. In order to fight off any threats or infections, your body must be operating at its top performance, so take the necessary time for your body to recharge and rejuvenate itself for a new day.
3. Eating Healthy: There is no question that eating healthy is one of the best things that you can do for your body, yet everyone struggles with this aspect of staying healthy. If you can focus on eating foods that will boost your metabolism and fight off disease, you will be better equipped to take on the flu season.
Who We Are
White Oak Pediatrics has offered infant, children, adolescents, and young adults care for over 30 years. We want all of our patients to be prepared for flu season, thus lowering their chances of contracting the disease. Even by washing your hands, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy, getting the flu is still possible if you haven’t received your flu shot!