When colder weather begins to set in and the leaves change color, it's a sure sign flu season is on its way. Viruses spread rapidly and can hit hard, and during the coronavirus pandemic, it is more crucial than ever to practice flu prevention tactics. Dr. Jennifer Devaney of Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL has tips to keep you and your child better protected from flu in the coming months.
Keeping hands and surfaces clean is crucial in preventing the spread and contraction of the flu. Thoroughly clean high-touch areas, like fridge, handles, doorknobs, light switches, and cell phones, and make sure you and your child wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap. Carry hand sanitizer with you to apply after shopping, playing at the park, going to the library, or being in public spaces.
Keep up on Immunizations
The flu shot is recommended for anyone six months of age or older, and the pediatricians at our Grayslake, IL office strongly encourage every member of the family to have a flu vaccine. It is best to get your flu shot early on in the flu season, though receiving it anytime is better than not at all.
Stock up on Supplies
Make sure to have tissues, over-the-counter pain relievers or cold medicines, hand soap, and thermometers on hand. Ask your pediatrician at our Grayslake, IL office about the proper dosage of the medication for your child's age and size.
Make sure to throw away any used tissues immediately after use, wash hands take forehead temperature, and monitor for fever. Call your pediatrician if your child is experiencing a fever.
Individuals experiencing the flu should not go to school or work, and if possible they should stay in a separate room as much as possible to avoid infecting other family members. Remember not to share cups, eating utensils, or other items that come in contact with the mouth. Frequently wash linens, towels, or other items being used by someone with the flu.
Call our Grayslake, IL office today at 847-548-7337 to schedule your flu shot or learn more about flu prevention.