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To your health,

The Avera Staff


Fall and winter are peak cold and flu season, so help your family keep sickness at bay by providing nutritious meals and snacks. Getting the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals builds the body's immunity to disease.

Prepare balanced meals. People tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables during the winter when fresh produce is less abundant, says Doralynne Jarvis, registered dietitian and assistant director of Nutrition Services at Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, S.D. "I think one of the best ways to eat vegetables during winter is oven-roasting them," she says. "They become sweeter and have better depth of flavor than steamed or raw vegetables."

Provide food and drink high in vitamin C, which can help lessen the symptoms of common colds. Fruit juices are good sources, but make sure to choose drinks that are 100-percent fruit juice instead of those that have little to no fruit juice. Oranges and other citrus fruits, red and green peppers, papayas and broccoli are all good sources of vitamin C.

Nutritious snacks can help keep children healthy, too. Yogurt, dried and fresh fruits, pretzels and low-fat cheese with whole-wheat crackers are good choices.

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If your child has not received the seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccinations, there is still time for them to receive the vaccines and prevent illness this winter. The vaccinations are the best way to protect against the flu.

The number of cases of the H1N1and seasonal flu increased in October, so it is important to get your child vaccinated. Children are among the first-priority groups to receive the H1N1 flu vaccination.

Be vigilant if your child shows signs of illness, but remain calm and make an appointment with your primary-care provider. Symptoms include a fever and one or more of the following: sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue and cough. Follow the recommendations of your doctor for treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise keeping your child home from school at least 24 hours after fever has dissipated.

To get the latest information on the H1N1 flu, click here.

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