What every parent needs to know about the flu season

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice on what every parent needs to know about flu season, including the age when kids can get flu shots, and how to help their kids avoid the flu
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What every parent needs to know about the flu season

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There are several important things that parent should know to keep their family healthy during cold and flu season. The most important thing is to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. They are two forms of the flu vaccine the flu shot and the flu mess which is a nasal spray flu vaccine. Now lot of kids prefer the nasal spray because the no shots are involved and as long as they are 2 years and older and don’t have history of asthma, that’s a great option. For families who have babies under six months of age you can protect that new born by vaccinating everyone in the house. And other than a sore arm side effects or where you cannot catch the flue from a flu vaccine. So in addition to flu vaccine, teach everyone in your family how to wash their hands. Remind your kids when they come in from plane and especially before they eat or rub their eyes nose or mouth, because that’s how the flu virus enters our body. In addition it’s important to teach to cover their cough to blow their nose with a tissue and throw it away in the trash can. Don’t stop it in the rocket again wash your hands. And if you are sick stay home.


Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice on what every parent needs to know about flu season, including the age when kids can get flu shots, and how to help their kids avoid the flu

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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