Littleton Pediatrics: Steering Clear of the Flu this Valentine’s Day

Good news for those worried about Colorado’s recent flu outbreak. According to news sources, its season has already peaked, and is now on a decline. As of January 8, sources said that 1,903 people have been hospitalized for the flu. Exactly 58 percent of that number was diagnosed with Type A flu, with 39 percent having the H3 flu variety, and the rest being comprised of type B and the 2009 H1N1 strain. Nevertheless, winter is still far from over, so it pays to be vigilant and keep your family protected from the flu.

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Kissing off the flu on Valentine’s Day

Mid-February is unfortunately a good time for infectious diseases, so it pays to be on guard. This might not be the most romantic advice to get especially when the holiday of love is so close, but it’s one that ensures your heart is in the right place. Here’s a list of tips to ensure you and your loved ones avoid getting sick this Valentine’s Day.

Get a flu shot

Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of catching the flu should get vaccinated. While this year’s flu vaccine may not be as effective against the current strain, it is still a good idea to consider getting it. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all individuals—including adolescents and children aged 6 months or older—to receive an annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization. You can obtain said vaccination from a trusted Littleton pediatrics office such as Focus on Kids Pediatrics.

Don’t share utensils or glasses

Infections can be transmitted through saliva. If you feel under the weather, the glasses, forks, and spoons can act as a bridge and pass your virus along to a family member. Avoid sharing utensils, glasses, food, water bottles, lip balm, and other things that you put in or on your mouth.

Don’t kiss or have close body contact if you feel unwell

Though this may be hard, avoiding physical contact with people you love if you’re sick with cold or flu is necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

Wash hands regularly

Tell family members to wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds before you eat, and also every time they cough or sneeze. This will help stop the spread of the virus. Also be sure to tell them not to rub their eyes and noses if they haven’t yet washed their hands.

The best way to fight infection is to not get them in the first place. If you want more advice, call your trusted Littleton pediatrician and schedule an appointment.

(Source: Colorado flu season may have peaked, public health officials say, The Denver Post, Jan. 8, 2015)