Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu can cause moderate to severe illness, and at times even lead to hospitalization or death. The flu is contagious, meaning it spreads from person to person by coughing, sneezing or talking. Children, especially those with chronic medical problems, are particularly at risk for complications from the flu.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year to reduce the chance of becoming sick from the flu. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your children, yourself and everyone around you.
The experts at Nationwide Children’s are here to help you understand the facts about seasonal flu. Dr. Dennis Cunningham is the physician director for Epidemiology and Infection Control at Nationwide Children’s. He is a father to two young children and personally shares every family’s concerns about flu. Hear his answers to the questions on your mind.
Good hand washing is key to preventing the spread of germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
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