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  • Should your child take Tamiflu?

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    Should your child take Tamiflu?

    When children are sick, all you want is to help them feel better. With bacterial infections, you might give them antibiotics, but when it comes to viruses like the flu, you may not have many options.


  • Surviving the time change with a toddler

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    Surviving the time change with a toddler

    When daylight saving time changes come around, or you need to adjust your child’s sleep schedule for other reasons, you should take careful steps to change the bedtime routine.


  • In case you MIST it: Nasal flu vaccine gets shelved

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    In case you MIST it: Nasal flu vaccine gets shelved

    If you are like many parents, the nasal mist option made it much easier to ensure your child was vaccinated against the flu. You didn’t have to worry about your child’s fear of needles or the screams of terror and fall-down tantrums leading up to the injection. Plus, the post-vaccination ice cream or cookie treat became more of an option than a promise.


  • Influenza — Educational Resources

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    Influenza — Educational Resources

    To help your family stay healthy during flu season, the infectious disease experts from Children’s Healthâ„  have developed resources about the flu.


  • Four hidden spots for holiday germs

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    Four hidden spots for holiday germs

    Presents aren't the only thing in hiding during the holiday season. With more travel, parties, family and shopping, germs hide out and often show up uninvited to spread contagious illnesses that can put a damper on holiday fun.


  • Winter blues? Or something more serious

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    Winter blues? Or something more serious

    Each winter you might notice a dip in your child’s mood and a change in his or her behavior, and then witness them return to being themselves again once springtime hits. You might even experience these seasonal changes yourself.



  • Egg allergies and the flu shot

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    Egg allergies and the flu shot

    When fall comes around each year, it’s time to think about everyone in your family getting a flu shot, for their protection and to do your part to boost community health. But, if your child has an egg allergy, you may be concerned about the egg protein in the flu shot.


  • 5 tips for an active, healthier winter

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    5 tips for an active, healthier winter

    As the winter months’ approach and the temperatures get cooler, many of us hibernate and seek out our favorite comfort foods. Making time for physical activity not only helps you offset all the holiday eating, but it can also help you create new family traditions around healthier behaviors. Following these five tips from the experts at our Get Up & Go program can help you get on the road to a healthier winter.



  • 6 non-medical remedies for the flu [Infographic]

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    6 non-medical remedies for the flu [Infographic]

    Symptoms of the flu can include sore throat, congestion, fever, chills and fatigue. If your child is feeling sick, help them feel better by encouraging rest and keeping them hydrated. You can also try these home remedies to give relief.



  • Fast Facts: Managing asthma in the winter

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    Fast Facts: Managing asthma in the winter

    Have you ever noticed that it's more difficult to breathe in the wintertime? That's because cold air causes your airways to contract. For kids with asthma, that constriction can make breathing much more difficult — and makes asthma attacks more likely. Meanwhile, other health conditions like the flu and respiratory infections are more common during colder months, and those can make asthma symptoms worse.


  • Pertussis can be fatal to your child – everyone should get vaccinated

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    Pertussis can be fatal to your child – everyone should get vaccinated

    Pertussis is a highly contagious illness of the respiratory mucous membrane. It’s marked by a series of short, violent coughs sometimes followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like whoop. A type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis causes this infectious disease. The bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line the upper respiratory system. Bordetella pertussis toxins (poisons) damage the cilia and cause airways to swell.




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