You hear it every year: Prepare for the flu season. Have you thought of all the ways to be prepared? Besides the usual methods of preventing flu and its spread such as proper hand-washing and getting the flu shot, there are other ways to make sure you are ready for the flu season.
Do you have a child care plan? It's a good idea to have a plan for who will take care of your child if you get sick with the flu. You should also plan for what will happen if your child gets sick and cannot go to school or day care. If your usual caregiver - whether it's yourself, another family member, a neighbour, a child care facility, or a school - is not able to take care of your child for whatever reason, you need to have a back-up child carer in place. In the plan, include who to call first, second, and third, and who will be responsible for bringing your child to see the doctor.
Prepare an "important contacts" sheet. The contact information of important people and associations should be listed somewhere that is convenient for you and others in your household to see. You may also want to consider carrying a copy with you in your wallet. Important contacts include:
Stock up on supplies before you get sick. That way, you won't have to leave the house - you can stay at home to rest and recover. Here's a list of things to pick up the next time you're at the pharmacy or grocery store:
You should also discuss with your doctor if you need antiviral medications to help prevent the flu. Antivirals can be used to prevent flu in children and adults after coming into close contact with a person who has the flu, such as flu-infected people who live in the same household. Ask your doctor if you need to be prepared with antiviral medications.
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