Influenza is here

The leaves are changing, there’s a nip in the air, and I’m making plans to steal my kids’ Reese’s tonight. And to make Halloween just a little scarier: we’ve got our first case of influenza, right here in Atlanta!

I don’t know if this will be a mild, moderate, or severe flu season—but even in the mildest years, we’re going to see a lot of miserable kids and families in our office, and a handful of really sick, hospitalized children. While nothing can give you 100% protection, one of the best ways to help keep your kids, yourself, and your neighborhoods healthy is for all of us to get the flu vaccine. It’s not too late! Go, now, get vaccines for your family to protect yourselves. Do the safe thing.

If you do get the flu—the aches, the fever, the misery—stay home. The best treatment is rest and fluids and maybe acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Anti-viral medications like Tamiflu are expensive, nauseating, and not very effective. Still, for high-risk cases it’s the best we’ve got.

You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Tamiflu. Or something like that. Go get your vaccine!

Previously:

How to transmit influenza to your friends and enemies

Preventing and treating influenza

The CDC’s influenza page, including links to maps showing current influenza activity nationwide

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  1. We all got the mist. Could not be any easier! Highly recommend it to those that are eligible. Zero side effects for us either. If only more vaccines could be that easy!

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