BOSTON - Nov. 3, 2009 - Flu season is here and hitting some parts of the country hard. Parents are asking, "Should we get the seasonal flu vaccine? The H1N1 vaccine?" and "How do I sort facts from rumors?" Now they can turn to FamilyEducation for information and advice about H1N1/swine flu, signs, treatment and prevention to help protect their loved ones and keep them healthy this winter.
Through the popular parenting site's " Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Vaccine" article, moms and dads can get the facts and make an informed decision about whether to vaccinate their families. This helpful Q&A, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides details on how the vaccine works, who should be vaccinated and the potential risks. After parents read this valuable information, they can participate with other parents in the interactive H1N1 Virus/Swine Flu Vaccine Poll and find out what families around the country think.
The frequently updated section, "Are you ready if the swine flu arrives at your school?" gives parents the most recent news on the illness and its potential as a pandemic. The article, " When to Keep a Sick Child at Home" offers parents guidance on making this decision, whether their child has the flu, a cold or another ailment.
"This flu season is one of the most confusing that families have faced in years. With so much in the news and talk of the swine flu spreading in pandemic proportions, parents have a lot of information to sift through to make the right decisions and keep everyone healthy this winter season," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Family Education Network. "FamilyEducation offers parents one-stop shopping for the facts about the seasonal and H1N1 flu infections, steps to take to prevent illness and how to cope when someone in the family comes down with a cold or the flu."
The best defense against the flu is a good offense, and the popular parenting site features a printable " Flu Fighter's Guide." Parents can use this colorful and informational poster to show their child ways to stay healthy and stop the spread of germs. And they can use the site's " Cold & Flu Prevention Checklist" to remind them of all the important steps that will help keep their families free from sniffles and sneezes.
Families can also have fun checking out what they really know about the flu by taking FamilyEducation's quiz, " The Flu: Fact or Fiction." They can learn if getting a flu shot in the fall guarantees that they won't get sick or if Grandma's hot chicken soup really is a magic cure.
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