Your child might have a cold if he or she has a stuffy, runny nose, a sore throat, a hacking cough or sneezes frequently. The flu spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Signs of the flu include fatigue and weakness, a high fever, severe aches and pains, headache and a cough.
To help prevent these bad bugs, remind your little ones – and yourself – to:
– Wash hands often to keep from spreading germs.
– Place travel-size hand sanitizer in their backpacks.
– Postpone play dates with sick kids.
– Bundle up to stay warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
– Consider getting your child a flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu shots for all children ages 6 months and older. The best time to get the shot is October or November, however it’s not too late to get it now!
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