The dreaded flu season is upon us, and this year is already off to a grim start. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting more than six times the number of flu cases from last year, and it’s believed that one of the strains in the flu vaccine mutated, which makes the flu shot only 10 percent effective. Widespread flu activity has also been found in 23 states, and the season lasts all the way through March. So, what should you do to try and keep yourself as healthy as possible?
Houston-based pediatrician Dr. Saritha Guntuku clarifies that in addition to getting a flu shot(“some protection is better than none”), it’s also key to get tested for the flu within 48 hours of showing symptoms, because “you can only be treated with tamiflu during that time.” She also explained that there are plenty of effective methods to help prevent the flu virus from getting to your children. From strengthening their hygiene practices to using food as medicine, here’s how to best keep your little ones from getting sick.