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Fall is here, which means football is on television every weekend, it’s time to get out all of our long-sleeved clothes, and we get to taste pumpkin-flavored everything.
But fall also brings on more sniffles, sneezes, runny noses, fevers and coughs. Flu season can start as early as October, by typically peaks in the U.S. in January.
Here are five easy things to do to keep your family healthy during flu season:
1. Get your flu immunization as soon as it’s available.
The flu vaccine protects people against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
"The seasonal flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent getting the flu. Your child needs to get a flu vaccine every year, typically at the start of the flu season in early fall (the season lasts October through May). We recommend that children 6 months old and older get the flu vaccine," says Stacy O'Sullivan, M.D.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says those ages 2 through 49, who are not pregnant, can use the nasal spray vaccine.
2. Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
Wash hands long enough to sing through “Happy Birthday” twice. When soap and water aren’t available, then use hand sanitizer. It’s good to have hand sanitizer handy to disinfect shared equipment such as keyboards, phones, doorknobs and shopping cart handles.
3. When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or cough into your elbow.
This prevents germs spreading from your hand to items you touch. Throw tissues away immediately after use.
4. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose as you are likely contaminating yourself with germs.
Flu viruses are spread when people touch something that is contaminated with the virus and then rub their eyes, nose or mouth.
5. Eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep.
Foods rich in vitamins C and E can create a strong immune system. Drinking water flushes your system and keeps you hydrated during the dry, cold winter months. Doctors recommend adults get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, children need more.
Be sure and listen to your body. If you think you’re getting the flu, it’s best to stay home and rest to get better and prevent others from getting sick.
Flu shots are available now at Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa, located at 74th & Yale. Call to make an appointment at 918-523-KIDS or visit their website at http://www.pediatricspecialistsoftulsa.com.
About Dr. Stacy O'Sullivan MD
Dr. Stacy O'Sullivan graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1995. Dr. O'Sullivan completed a surgical internship at the University of Oklahoma prior to entering her pediatrics training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa. Since then she has worked at the former St. Francis Children's Hospital Urgent Care Clinic, St. Francis Children's ER and served as medical director and pediatrician at the Tulsa Pediatric After Hours Urgent Care. Her dream has been to open her own practice to better serve the patients she loves. Dr. O'Sullivan lives in Tulsa with her husband and three children.
About Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa
At Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa, Dr. Stacy O'Sullivan and Dr. Uyen Le offer comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents. Conveniently located in the heart of Tulsa, their courteous and knowledgeable staff works hard from first contact to make every visit to our office positive. Their goal is to equip parents with the knowledge necessary for promoting lifetime optimal health and wellness.
Let's face it, nothing beats good old fashioned hand washing with soap and water to keep those pesky germs away. With cold and flu season upon us, it's even more important to practice good hand hygiene. The Center for Disease Control gives some great tips for effectively washing hands. Knowing when to wash is important as well. Hand sanitizers are a good alternative when soap and water are not available. To learn more visit the CDC's link at: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
If you are looking to learn a new skill set look no further than your nearest BLS or CPR class. Basic Life Support or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation classes are provided in the Tulsa area through a variety of venues. One great website is www.tulsacpr.com. This website provides a list of classes in the area.
Welcome to the Blog of Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Tulsa, OK area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health.
As always, feel free to contact Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Pediatric Specialists of Tulsa