Lovelace Medical Group’s Dr. Felipe Zanghellini answers your questions about keeping your child protected from the flu with the flu shot. Dr. Zanghellini is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease.
At what age should children start getting the flu shot?
We've come up with a turnkey solution to help you launch an effective flu prevention campaign. Now more than ever it is important to foster good habits to minimize infection rates.
Your doctor can help you feel better
If you get the flu, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. Also, you can take medications to relieve the symptoms of the flu (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever).
Snot, boogers, phlegm and loogies are all the same thing – Mucus. Believe it or not, mucus is a good thing! It's job is to clean the air we breathe so all the yucky stuff in the air doesn't end up in your lungs.
Mucus doesn't work all by itself, it has an accomplice: Nose Hairs. No kidding!
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent this illness is by getting a flu vaccination each fall.
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:
These symptoms are referred to as "flu-like symptoms." A lot of different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms.
Viruses are very small particles with the sole purpose of making more of themselves. They are much smaller than our own cells, even smaller than bacteria.
Because they are so small, they don't have all the equipment inside that is necessary to make copies.
They are not much more than a blueprint for more viruses and a protective shell.
So how do they multiply? By finding cells to hijack. There are all kinds of viruses and they like to choose different cells to attack.
The flu virus targets the respiratory system: your nose, throat, and lungs.
Wash Your Hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
Cover your mouth and your nose when you cough or sneeze Use a tissue and throw it away!
Lovelace Health System is proud to offer the “Don’t Bug Me” flu awareness and prevention campaign. The campaign is designed to teach healthy lifestyle habits to avoid getting or spreading the flu. The awareness effort is conducted in classrooms and businesses and is supported by materials provided to teachers and businesses. By following the guidelines and messages set forth in the “Don’t Bug Me” campaign, you can help stop the flu!