Tutor Doctor | Jan 18, 2013

Dealing with the Flu Season

Categories: K-12, K12

Flu season is here and if you and your family have been lucky enough to avoid the dreaded lurgy, then there are ways to ensure that your good luck continues. While getting the flu shot has been the go-to options for many moms, it’s not a hundred percent guarantee that your family will remain flu-free through the winter. Here are some tips on how to keep your students from getting ill. Annually more than 22 million school days are lost thanks to the common flu. This year, the strains have been particularly unctuous and the number of lost days is sure to be higher than usual. The best thing to do when you suspect your student may be coming down with something is to keep them at home. Sure, it may not be the most convenient thing to do, but you need to be considerate of all the other students too.

Prevention is better than cure

It’s never too late for a flu shot. While the vaccine takes 2 weeks to be effective, you can still benefit from getting a shot this late in the season. Children older than 18 months are eligible for a flu shot which you can get at a pediatrician’s office, walk-in clinic and many pharmacies. Getting the flu shot doesn’t mean you are immune to the disease and it’s still a good idea to teach your kids to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands regularly. Caution against sharing candy, food or drinks as this is a great way to spread germs.

If your child gets sick

Although the flu is not a major cause of death among children, the current strains of flu are particularly nasty and its best to see a doctor when your student is ill. Ensure that they get as much rest as possible and keep them well hydrated. Along with the doctor-recommended medications, you can also use natural remedies to sooth symptoms. Ginger root is great for upset stomachs and fevers. Slice ginger into boiling water to make a ginger tea and add honey to sooth sore throats and relieve coughs. Honey is an antibacterial and antifungal too! The agent that gives garlic its distinct flavour is called alliin and it doubles as a decongestant and an antibacterial. Take 3 grams of Echinacea daily to help speed recovery. Echinacea is also an effective preventative measure, so take it throughout the winter. Red peppers have one of the highest levels of vitamin C contents and they contain capsicum which stimulates the flow of mucus and is effective in reducing congestion.