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Your Children Against the H1N1 Flu
Children are among the top priority groups
for the H1N1 flu vaccine, and getting a flu shot
is the best way to protect them from the virus.
You will want to consider both a vaccination for
the seasonal flu, as well as for this new
strain. Both types of flu require a separate
People naturally are
concerned about reports on the H1N1 flu, and
keeping you and your family healthy is Avera's
primary goal. Children between the ages of 5 and
18 have been recommended as a third-priority
immunization group for the H1N1 flu vaccine,
just after pregnant women and health care
workers. (Health care workers are a priority
group because they need to be available to
provide care for others.) Many hospitals,
clinics, pharmacies and drug stores offer the
flu shot, but you may want to check with your
insurance provider first to make sure you're
As soon as the flu vaccine is
available is the best time to get vaccinated.
H1N1 vaccine will be available in October.
Seasonal flu vaccine is already available. Flu
season can begin as early as October and last as
late as May, but most years the flu peaks in
January or February.
To get the most
current H1N1 flu vaccine recommendations from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
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Flu Prevention Tips With Your Children
Besides receiving the H1N1 flu vaccine, there
are additional steps you and your children can
take to prevent the flu. H1N1 flu, like seasonal
flu, is mainly spread from person to person
through coughing and sneezing. Encourage your
children to take the following steps to stay
healthy this fall and winter.
your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough
or sneeze. Throw the
tissue in the trash
after you use it.
• Wash your hands
often with soap and water, especially after you
cough or sneeze.
cleaners are also effective.
touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread
• Avoid contact with sick
• If your children are sick, keep
them home from school to prevent spreading the
illness to others.
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