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Flu Guide

A Guide to the Flu for Parents


The flu is knocking on your door. Follow this in-depth flu guide to take better care of your family's health during flu season.

Keep Your Kids from Getting Sick

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Other than quarantining your kids from school, their friends, you and their siblings, there's no foolproof way to keep your kids from getting sick. But you can stop the back and forth spreading of germs that usually takes your entire family down and sometimes more than once.

Teach Kids to Wash Their Hands

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Sometimes it only takes a missed hand washing opportunity or even an improper hand washing that leads to your child getting sick. Teach kids proper hand washing techniques while making the process fun at the same time.

Should Your Family Get the Flu Vaccine?

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Getting the flu shot is a hard decision for some families. Many parents don't want to give their kids vaccinations or they may simply wonder if they'll be one of the lucky families who the flu fairy skips this year. Read the latest flu shot recommendations for the current flu season to make a decision on if you want your family to receive the vaccine.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

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Runny nose. Cough. Sore throat. Headache. Muscle aches. All symptoms of a cold. Runny nose. Cough. Sore throat. Headache. Muscle aches. All symptoms of the flu. How do you know which is which? Learn how to spot the symptoms of a cold and the flu so you can give your doctor as much information as possible to get your family healthy again quickly.

Flu Treatments

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It's official. Someone in your family or all of you has the flu. There are many flu treatment options available. From over-the-counter medicines to prescriptions, at-home remedies to simple ways to get some rest, find out about the many flu treatments and what you can do to help your family get some much-needed time to relax and recoup.

Sick Day Activities for Kids

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As much as we try to prevent it, one day it will happen. Your kids will get sick. You may be surprised by how much or how little your children feel like doing while they're ill. One day they may feel like enjoying some light play and the next they may want to stay under the covers. Give them a good dose of sick day activities that will entertain them based on how they're feeling today.

Now Mom is Sick

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You've been so busy taking care of yourself and now everyone seems to be feeling better. So, of course, that means it's your turn to get sick. And just because all you want to do is melt into the couch doesn't mean your children aren't going to be bouncing off the walls looking for something to do. Rest assured, this survival guide for you will give them plenty of fun activities to enjoy while you're recovering from being sick.
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