Keep Baby Safe
From The Flu

Pregnant women and young children are especially susceptible to colds and the flu. Don’t get caught with the sniffles as October kicks off the early flu season.

Sick baby

When is flu season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), seasonal influenza peaks between January and February. However, it can begin as early as October. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot, especially pregnant women and caregivers. Since infants are at high risk of getting the flu but can’t get vaccinated, the CDC encourages moms to get the vaccine to help reduce the risks of getting the flu then passing it onto baby, which could have devastating affects.

When should you get vaccinated

Manufactures are producing between 146 million and 149 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2012-2013 flu season and began distributing them back in August. Once your doctor or pediatrician has the vaccination, the CDC encourages you to get it. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies in the vaccine to develop in the body and have the ability to offer protection from the flu.


Protect your baby from colds and flu

  • Outside of getting yourself and baby (if he’s old enough) vaccinated, you can protect your family from getting sick with the following tips:
  • Wash your hands and baby’s hands often. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • Steer clear of sick friends. If your child’s playmates are coughing and constantly wiping runny noses on their sleeve (yuck!), postpone your play date for another time.
  • Disinfect your home with a solution that kills virus bacteria, which can live on surfaces for up to three hours. Don’t forget especially grimy spots like faucet handles, doorknobs, phones and keyboards that get touched frequently by all members of your family.

Breastfeed

Breastmilk is not called liquid gold for nothing. It is packed with antibodies that will protect baby against germs. If your child is no longer nursing, be sure to provide him with healthy meals and make sure they get plenty of rest.

More on keeping you and baby safe from the flu

5 Tips to keep baby healthy during flu season
Should I get the flu shot during pregnancy
Kids and the flu

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