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Stay safe and sane for flu season

August 17, 2009

sneezeAs parents prepare to send their kids back to school, the concern over swine flu still looms.  Stephen Aronoff, chief of pediatrics at Temple’s School of Medicine, says it’s important for parents to be “safe, but sane” for flu season this year.  That means, don’t go overboard, and keep doing the same things to keep kids healthy.

“Tell your kids to sneeze into their elbow, not their hands,” Aronoff suggests.  “Send them to school with antibacterial gel.  Or, if they’re not allowed to have it, make sure they use what’s provided in the classroom.”

Aronoff

Aronoff

He also says that parents should expect to see a revamped version of the regular flu vaccine this year, to include the H1N1 vaccine as well.

“The normal flu virus protects against three different strains,” he said.  “Rather than have to get a separate shot, this year’s vaccine will protect against H1N1 too.” 

He advises all parents to take their child to get vaccinated once the shot is available, which is expected to be sometime in October.

Visit the CDC’s website for more information on H1N1 vaccines, and back-to-school vaccination recommendations.

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