Toddlers and the Flu Vaccine

Every parent, who has children under the age of five, quickly discovers that little kids are “germ spreaders.” One cannot be too surprised by this revelation. Toddlers, for example, tend to put things into their mouths, to pick their noses, and to strongly resists all parental attempts to wash their little faces and hands. As such, it is recommended that toddlers receive the flu vaccine. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the LAIV (live attenuated influenza vaccine) be given to children ages 2 through 8 years old. In addition, they recommend that kids between age 2 … Continue reading

Flu Season has Struck

It’s been a rough weekend, really rough…really, really rough. I just completed my first week of classes. I was thrilled to be able to have the weekend to catch up on homework from the week, while Logan was at his dad’s; no such luck. About Thursday afternoon I could feel I was coming down with something. My dad had been sick all week and Logan was getting the beginnings of what I thought was a cold on top of that. Our house had become a walking germ, but I prayed it would be short-lived. When Logan came back from his … Continue reading

Where the Cold Germs Hide in Your Home

If someone comes down with a cold or flu in your household, it is usually inevitable that at least one other family member will get it. At least that is the way it is in my household. By the time one person starts exhibiting the symptoms, chances are that we have all already been exposed to the same germs. That still doesn’t stop me from disinfecting everything in sight. But what if someone who appears ill comes to visit you in your home? It could be anyone from a friend stopping by to little kids at a playdate. While I … Continue reading

Welcome To Flu Season!

October is usually the start of flu season in the United States. Influenza is a mild to severe respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include fever, body ache, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, and runny nose. A flu vaccination is the best way to prevent catching influenza. Vaccination also helps prevent serious complications like pneumonia. The vaccine itself is made of inactivated or killed viruses that can help your body build up an immunity to influenza. The disease and the vaccine change every year — so if you are risk, you … Continue reading

Kid Fitness: Getting Your Kids off the Sofa

Fall is cold and flu season and there’s nothing that puts kids and parents down quicker than a nasty flu virus or head cold. The problem isn’t just the virus, it’s the secondary conditions you can develop including sinus infections, bronchitis and more. It’s important to keep your kids fit during this time of year. The following tips are good for adults to follow as well because all a cold needs is one foot hold in a household to get everyone else ill. Washing your hands regularly Get a flu shot Exercise regularly Drink plenty of fluids Take a daily … Continue reading

6 Tips for Fitness on September 6, 2006

Fitness tips are easy enough to write, you throw in a few clichés and a little bit of common sense and you have a good tip. But there is a reward for writing fitness tips and for reading them. It can help you emphasize what you know and many of us learn by repetition. So with that in mind, here are my 6 fitness tips for today, September the 6th. Flu Season is upon us – don’t train while you’re sick with the flu. Your temperature rises when you are sick and viruses affect your muscles (note the body aches … Continue reading