Surviving Norovirus—or that thing we call “stomach flu”
Surviving Norovirus—or that thing we call “stomach flu”

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  • Vomiting is usually caused by viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu.
  • Dehydration is the most serious complication from vomiting, so parents should be vigilant about keeping their child hydrated.
  • The stomach flu is highly contagious, so be extra careful about hand washing and disinfecting.
10 Flu Prevention Tips
10 Flu Prevention Tips

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  • The flu is highly contagious and can be dangerous.
  • Flu prevention protects you, your family, and those too vulnerable for vaccination.
  • Flu shots are essential, but only one of a series of steps you can take to protect yourself.
When is the best time to get a flu shot?
When is the best time to get a flu shot?

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  • Getting a flu shot as soon as vaccines are available (usually September) offers the best protection.
  • The flu is much more serious than the common cold and can cause serious complications.
  • Most people over 6 months old should get a flu shot.
2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics
2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics

The flu vaccine is important. It can save your family time, money, and may even save the life of someone you love. Flu killed approximately 80,000 people in the United States last flu season, according to the CDC. That record-setting number doesn’t take into account hospitalizations, doctor visits, or days missed at work or school. … Continue reading “2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics”

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

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  • RSV usually looks similar to the common cold.
  • RSV is common among children under two but in certain at-risk kids it can develop into a more serious illness.
  • Proper hand washing and avoiding exposure are two important preventative steps.
The Importance of Hand Washing
The Importance of Hand Washing
  • Washing hands is one of the simplest ways to prevent illness.
  • Teaching kids when to wash is as important as teaching them how to wash.
  • Try the glitter game to teach small kids about how germs spread.
Do you know what to do if your child has a seizure?
Do you know what to do if your child has a seizure?

Article at a glance:

  • Most seizures only last a few minutes and aren’t serious.
  • Your main concern during the seizure is to make sure your child is in a safe place.
  • Be sure to call your doctor right away so that your child can be evaluated.
The many shades of pinkeye
The many shades of pinkeye

Article at a glance:

  • Pinkeye is usually not serious and requires little intervention except keeping the area comfortable and clean.
  • Antibiotics are not necessary—or even effective— for most cases.
  • Help prevent pinkeye spreading by practicing good hand hygiene and sanitizing objects that come into frequent contact with hands and faces.
When coughs don’t need antibiotics
When coughs don’t need antibiotics

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  • Most coughs are caused by a viral infection from influenza, croup, or a cold.
  • The average cough lasts 18 days, but it is not uncommon for coughs to last up to 3 weeks.
  • If your child has a chronic cough, it might be allergies, asthma, or reflux.
When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics
When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics

Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Most sore throats are caused by viral infections like colds or the flu. In these cases, antibiotics don’t work and can actually make you sick longer. Taking antibiotics for a viral infection won’t cure your sore throat, keep others from catching it, or help you feel better. In these … Continue reading “When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics”

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