I’m sure many of our parents love to settle down after the kids are snugly tucked in bed for a bit of Game of Thrones. After yesterday’s unexpectedly low temperatures I couldn’t help think, “Winter is coming,” so I wasn’t surprised when the absence calls trickled in over the day. Winter carries with it colds and flu. This season in particular there is increased concern for kids – with a higher than usual number of people already admitted to hospital with flu complications and some deaths. On the 25th May, NSW health authorities urged parents to get their children vaccinated against flu this season.
How can we minimise the risk of the 2019 flu season for our children? Immunisation is one obvious answer. In Queensland, free vaccination is available to children up to 5 years of age and pregnant women. However, all children are able to access the flu vaccine through their GP. Here at Ironside OSHC we held a staff immunisation day earlier in the year and we are being diligent in our hand washing as we come on and off shift to help reduce the spread of the virus. You can help by keeping your child at home if they are displaying any symptoms of flu, such as:
- sore throat
- dry cough
- muscle and joint pain
- tiredness or extreme exhaustion
If your child does get the flu they should be kept home until their symptoms have resolved, normally 5-7 days.
If your child does develop flu and you are concerned about their symptoms Queensland Health have a wonderful phone service that you can access 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Just call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to get immediate advice from a qualified nurse.
Hopefully by working together to prevent the spread of flu we will be able to spend our winter relaxing on the lounge indulging in our T.V. guilty pleasure and avoid the pain and worry of sick kids.
Wishing you all good health!