Watertown— The flu season has hit hard this year according to the CDC data, influenza hit the hardest during December 30-January 5.
“I have had some positive flu’s but not an exceptionally higher number. I have been instrumental in giving teenagers the flu shots”, said Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Kathy Mulcahy.
Ms. Mulcahy went on to explain how she has had kids as young as 6 months get their flu shots. Ms. Mulcahy said, “The flu is very dangerous for all children. So, we all try to be instrumental in getting the kids vaccinated.”
This year’s flu can be dangerous for young children with any long-term health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and chronic lung disease. When a child with asthma gets the flu, their asthma can become activated. To prevent your child from possible complications associated with the flu, get your flu shot at your local pharmacy or primary care physician.
Here are some following tips on how to protect your child from the flu:
· Make sure that you have your child wash their hands often.
· Carry a hand-sanitizer with you just in case you need to clean your child’s hands.
· Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, remains physically active, manages stress, drinks plenty of fluids and eats nutritious foods.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
· Avoid close contact with people or other kids who are sick
· Ensure that you give your child a flu shot.