This is a sponsored post written by me for The Motherhood and the CDC.
The countdown is on to back-to-school.
I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine that school provides(and okay, the quiet time, too).
But I’m not looking forward to my kids getting sick. Being surrounded by so many other kids means being surrounded by germs, too.
It’s why I have no problem sending in the extra Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and tissues that are on my boys’ school supply lists(even if I might take issue with just how long those lists get).
My kids know the importance of washing their hands. And we talk about how they should sneeze or cough into the crook of their elbow if they don’t have a tissue at the ready so they don’t get the germs on their hands and then touch things or people and spread those germs(ew!).
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), so I’m sharing some info on the flu shot. While it’s up to each family to decide, an Influenza vaccination can protect parents and children against the flu and its potentially severe complications. Young children, pregnant women, and those of any age with chronic health conditions like diabetes, asthma, and neurological conditions are at an increased risk for flu-related complications that could result in hospitalization or even death(scary stuff!).
Did you know:
Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Babies younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu vaccine. To protect these babies from getting the flu, their mothers should get the flu shot during pregnancy.
The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of vaccine, spaced at least 28 days apart.
CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu: annual vaccination, everyday preventive actions, and use of antiviral drugs to treat flu, if your doctor prescribes them.
You can find more information about the flu, the flu shot, and where you can get a flu shot on the CDC’s website. As with any parenting decision, we all make our own choices, but it does help to be informed about our choices.