TUESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of ways
parents can protect their children during flu season, experts
The best defense is to get children vaccinated, according to
doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the
American Academy of Pediatrics. They also offered other tips on how
to prevent the spread of flu germs:
Cough and sneeze into a tissue. If a tissue isn't handy, bend
your arm and sneeze or cough into it. Teach your children to do
Use tissues to wipe runny noses and throw tissues in the
garbage after each use. People who are coughing or sneezing
frequently should wear a mask.
Don't kiss your child on or around the mouth or face if either
of you are ill.
Always thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water
before and after coming into close contact with someone with the
Don't allow children to share pacifiers, cups, spoons, forks,
washcloths or towels. Never share toothbrushes.
Use hot, soapy water or the dishwasher to wash dishes and
Flu viruses can live for more than 30 minutes on surfaces. Use
soap and hot water or a disinfectant to clean all surfaces,
including toys, countertops, toilet handles and doorknobs.
Replace cloth towels often and launder them in hot water.
Protect children from secondhand smoke, which can increase
their risk for respiratory illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
children and flu.
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