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The Flu


What's the cause? As many parents know all too well, the influenza virus is transported from person to person through germs and personal contact. The elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are at particular risk for catching the virus [Source: CDC].

What to look for: Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue [Source: CDC,].

How to prevent it: Get your kids and family the vaccine and be sure to keep clean! Wash your hands frequently and send your child to school with antibacterial hand sanitizer. Also stress to your child that if he or she is not feeling well, he or she can stay home. Don't be that mom who causes everyone else's children to get sick too.

What's the cure? The flu requires careful attention and a lot of rest. Sleep a lot, don't do any strenuous activities and drink lots of fluids. Avoid milk products as they will create a buildup of mucus, and don't start exercising until your body has fully recovered.

And don't forget! Watch out for those nasty ear infections that can accompany your awful, annual flu.

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