As I predicted, just a few weeks into the fall and my entire family has already had colds, stomach viruses or some variation. While this is annoying, it's certainly not as problematic as when it develops into the flu. In fact, according to the Centers For Disease Control, over 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu complications. Unfortunately, many parents don't realize just how dangerous the flu can be.
I was just approached by a non-profit group, Families Fighting Flu, which is dedicated to educating parents about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year. The group is comprised of families and health practitioners who have either experienced first hand the death of a child due to the flu or have had a child experience severe medical complications due to the flu. As this new flu season comes upon us, they have teamed up with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and Clorox to help families say say "boo!" to the flu and have a healthier cold and flu season. The Say "Boo!" to the Flu program was created to help educate families on the importance of flu vaccination and other prevention tips to help scare the virus away this fall and winter.
You can check out the site at www.saybootoflu.com and find some great tips on keeping your kids healthy as well as locations where you can get a flu shot. I especially love the videos of the kids talking about getting shots!