It is that time of year again. When the temperature drops and the wind and rain pick up coughing and nose blowing begins. If a child is sick it may only take a few days for that virus to spread to all the kids in his class at school. How do you protect yourself and your children from the cold and flu viruses?
Here at The Healthy Moms Magazine we strongly suggest that everyone get a flu shot before the peak flu season hits. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child is vaccinated. Even the healthiest child who has never had seasonal influenza is at risk. According to PreventChildhoodInfluenza.org, “Influenza claims the lives of about 100 children in the U.S. every year and hospitalizes around 20,000. About half of children who die because of influenza were previously healthy. And influenza is the 8th-leading cause of death in the United States among people of all ages.” Get a flu shot. It is as simple as that.
The flu vaccine will not protect you from the common cold.
How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu?
The cold and flu are two different viruses although they may appear to have similar symptoms. Influenza usually begins with a fever, fatigue and muscle soreness and can last up to two or three weeks. If you have the flu you may also have a stuffy nose, headache, cough or sore throat. If you have the common cold you will not have a fever, muscle aches, or extreme fatigue. The cold can begin with a sore throat and lead to nasal congestion, sinus headache or a cough. Symptoms subside after seven to ten days.
Proper hygiene including hand washing can help prevent the spread of these infections. You can also treat your cold and flu symptoms with natural remedies. Herbal supplements such as Echinacea are safe and effective for treating the cold and flu in children. You can also treat cold symptoms with homeopathic medicines. Regulated as drugs by the FDA, homeopathic medicines are safe and reliable and are used by millions of children and recommended by thousands of pediatricians around the world.
The Healthy Moms Magazine and Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness want you and your family to be protected during cold and flu season. All natural cold and flu remedies are on sale from now until October 31 at Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently and go out and get your flu shot!
About This Author
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, manages Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Store, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge.