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.
Do run in the house
Do run in the house
  • Children and adolescents need at least one hour of exercise daily.
  • Foul weather shouldn’t prevent children from being physically active.
  • With creative play ideas, you can help them hit that target.
Do you know the new guidelines on cold and cough medications?
Do you know the new guidelines on cold and cough medications?

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  • Children under 4 should not use cold and cough medication, and children ages 4 to 6 should only use them when directed by a doctor.
  • Cold and cough medicine can have dangerous and life-threatening side effects in young children.
  • The new guidelines are important and should be taken seriously by parents.
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

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  • The flu is much worse than a cold and can potentially be deadly for people with a weakened immune system.
  • If your child's illness came on suddenly and symptoms include a high fever, severe exhaustion, headache, loss of appetite, achy muscles, and chills, then it is most likely the flu.
  • Don't confuse the stomach flu with the flu - the stomach flu involves the digestive tract and the flu involves the respiratory tract.
Minestrone Soup
Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is an easy way to get all the nutrients your family needs in one easy-to-make dish. Plus it is super yummy and filling! This recipe comes from the family of our very own Kevin Moffitt at Utah Valley Pediatrics. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 5 … Continue reading “Minestrone Soup”

Annual flu epidemic hits early with Utah seeing a high number of cases

The yearly flu or influenza epidemic is hitting the United States early this year and Utah is seeing particularly high levels of flu activity. Not to be confused with the stomach flu, the flu or influenza is a viral infection that targets your upper respiratory system. Symptoms can include body aches, fever, coughing, and nasal … Continue reading “Annual flu epidemic hits early with Utah seeing a high number of cases”

Pneumococcal vaccine reduces serious superbug infections
Pneumococcal vaccine reduces serious superbug infections

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  • The pneumococcal vaccine is linked with a 62 percent decrease in antibiotic-resistant cases of pneumococcal infections.
  • This vaccine is an important step in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for children under five years old, adults 65 or older, or people with health conditions that put them at a higher risk.
Ask the Doctor: What is croup?

Question: What is croup? Answer: We have found that many parents are confused about croup. Croup is a viral illness caused by many of the same viruses that cause the common cold; including parainfluenza viruses, RSV, and adenovirus, among others. Even influenza or “the flu” can cause croup. The key difference is where the infection … Continue reading “Ask the Doctor: What is croup?”

Christmas trees can wreck havoc for allergy sufferers
Christmas trees can wreck havoc for allergy sufferers

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  • Having a live Christmas tree in your house can increase the mold count in your home by 10 times the normal levels.
  • If you experience allergy symptoms after bringing home your Christmas tree, you may want to replace your tree with an artificial one.
  • Before setting up artificial or live trees in the house, take them outside to give them a good spray down with the hose and shake them out.
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies
Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

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  • Children under 4 should not use cold and cough medications, and children ages 4 to 6 should only use them when directed by a doctor.
  • One of the most important things you can do is to keep your child hydrated.
  • Things like nasal saline and sleeping elevated can help with stuffy noses and coughs.

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