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Nasal Flu Spray – a new way to vaccinate your kids

As parents, we often dread having to take the kids for their annual flu shots. The seemingly traumatic event has been made much easier this year with the introduction of the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine. Children and youth between the ages of 2 to 17 now have the option to forgo the needle in favour of a nasal spray treatment.

In addition to your flu vaccination, there are several other ways to help prevent getting sick and help keep your kids happy and healthy.

  1. Wash your hands and frequently remind your kids to do the same
  2. Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm and encourage the little ones to do the same
  3. Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
  4. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch (examples: doorknobs, phones, TV remotes)
  5. Eat healthy foods and do physical exercise to keep your immune system strong
  6. Get plenty of rest

Most importantly, if you or your kids get sick, stay home until your symptoms are gone to avoid spreading the flu.

Contact the Stratford Family Health Team and your family practitioner about more information for the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine.

For more information about the Flu (Influenza), click here.