We may be in the waning weeks of winter, but flu season isn’t slowing down. Since flu activity remains high across the U.S., it’s important for parents to keep an eye on their children while traveling, as they’re especially vulnerable to the virus. Read on for a list of helpful tips on how to survive the flu this season.
How to Survive the Flu: HEalth Tips for flying with Children
1. VACCines work
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best course of action for combatting the flu in kids, as well as adults, are vaccines. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older should get the flu vaccine every year, ideally before the season starts in the fall. However, since the season peaks in the winter, “getting vaccinated later can still be protective.”
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For commercial and private jet passengers preparing for a trip, the CDC suggests getting vaccinated at least two weeks before traveling. This is because it takes that amount of time for the immunity to develop. Vaccinations are incredibly important for preventing the flu in kids who are traveling to contagious areas.
There are two types of vaccines. First is an injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) for ages 6 months and older that’s administered via a needle. The second type is a live inactivated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is given as a nasal spray and is approved for ages two through 49. Always consult a medical physician on which is appropriate for your child.
2. Take precautions
In addition to vaccines, parents can take other precautions to prevent the flu in kids while flying private or commercial. As is the case with most disease prevention, avoiding contact with sick individuals and other best practices are key.
Instill healthy habits in your children, and make sure they know not to touch their eyes, faces, and noses. Washing hands with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also vitally important.
Make sure your children also get the right amount of sleep, stay active, drink enough water, and eat a nutritious diet, as they all help in staying healthy and preventing the flu.
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3. Know the Symptoms
Since the flu is particularly lethal for young children, it’s important to know the symptoms. Identifying the warning signs early means you can get your kid treatment before things get worse.
The CDC advises to immediately seek medical care if your child has the following symptoms or any others that are causing concern:
-Fast breathing or trouble breathing
-Bluish lips or face
-Ribs pulling in with each breath
-Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
-Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
-Not alert or interacting when awake
-Fever above 104°F
-In children less than 12 weeks, any fever Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
-Worsening of chronic medical conditions
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