According to the CDC, the flu is going to be worse this year than it was in 2016.
What exactly does that mean?
It means that if you didn’t get that flu shot and you catch that flu you’re about to be sick AF.
In more sciencey terms it means that the CDC is currently reporting more people seeking medical care for the flu at this time of year which indicates that a) more people have it, and also b) it’s worse so people are seeking help.
Regardless, you should try to avoid this thing at all costs.
Now, you may not want to totally listen to me because we failed at flu prevention this year -Dude 1 has been home sick with it for four long days.
In my defense, he caught it while I was out of town for work, so I totally am blaming this one on his dad.
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Are we talking about the barf or the coughing/hacking up a lung thing?
The coughing/hacking up a lung thing. It’s an upper respiratory infection –cough, headache, fever, aches, all of that jazz.
Ugh, it’s just the flu. Why the fuss?
Whenever I hear people say that I want to LOL. And I don’t mean just type it, I mean actually look at them and laugh out loud at that silly little thought process. And I know, the virus has been around for always, and people have been beating it forever, and your grandma is 99 and she’s never gotten a flu vaccine. But, eh, maybe not really. The flu kills or hospitalizes thousands of Americans every year and it used to be even more when your grandma was a baby. Kids, especially young kids are disproportionately repped in that thousands as are pregnant women, chronically ill people (like those with asthma, diabetes, and heart or lung disease), and people over 65. These people are considered high risk for complications and those complications mean FUSS. Put up a fuss. At least if you want to keep your baby, your granny, and your pregnant self safe.
Hmmm, okay, crazy lady, so what should we do about it?
The single most important thing you can do to fight the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Vaccination prevented about 7.2 million flu illnesses last flu season.
But it’s like February, isn’t it too late to worry about flu prevention because flu season is ending?
No! It’s not too late to get the vaccine. Seasonal flu peaks between December and February but can last into May! If you’ve not been vaccinated, go ahead and get on that yo!
I don’t know, the last time I got the flu shot I got sooooo sick.
Well, don’t look at your flu shot! It’s not the reason you got sick. According to CDC, the flu shot can NOT cause the flu. There may be mild side effects, but none of those side effect are: gives you the flu.
Argue if you want, but science is calling you a liar. Not me. Science.
But I heard it doesn’t always work?
True. Now that part is totally true. Dude 1 is sitting here with a mean case of the flu and he got vaccinated like a champ in late 2016. Flu vaccine protects against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common each flu season. That means that of course you can still get the flu, however being vaccinated can help to reduce the likelihood and the severity of it if you do.
I’m still not convinced. But, I don’t want to be sick, so what other precautions can I take to keep my kids safe?
Okay, so no vaccine for your and your family.
That’s fine, flu prevention can still be yours if you work hard to stay healthy.
Teaching your children proper hand hygiene is another way to help eliminate the transmission of the flu. At my house, The Dudes know the kill-icky-things routine. We have hand sanitizer right by our door so shoes off, sanitize, hugs for mom is our after school routine. Also, if you or your child do get sick, STAY HOME.
You get better quick and you don’t spread your icky all over the rest of humanity.
After all of my hard work we got it anyway! Make it go away! Please make it go away!
If you get diagnosed with the flu, antivirals are what’s up. CDC has recommended the use of antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination. They’re the only medicines that can specifically treat flu. CDC scientists have looked very carefully at the use of influenza drugs in the clinical setting, and the conclusion is clear, they work but they aren’t being used nearly enough.
Now, go wash your hands!