It is important for everyone to take precautions to help stop the spread of both the flu and COVID-19 in order to protect those most at risk and to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
While the symptoms of both can be similar, there are distinct differences in the severity and transmission of the two illnesses. In order to protect children from the flu, it is important to get them vaccinated each year. Vaccination can reduce the risk of getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of symptoms if the child does get sick.
In the previous guide, we’ve gone over some of the basics of understanding the flu. In this section, we will take a deeper dive into what you can do to protect your kids against the flu.
Can Your Child Get Covid-19 and the Flu at the Same Time?
It is possible for someone to get both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, although this is rare. This is why it is important to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of both illnesses.
To protect your child from both illnesses, it is important to follow the same guidelines that have been recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing hands frequently with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who may be ill, and wearing a face covering in public when appropriate.
Additionally, it is important to get your child vaccinated against the flu.
Tips to Protect Your Child from the Flu and Covid-19
1) Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who may be ill. If your child must be around someone who is ill, make sure they wear a face covering and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.
Teach your child when and how to practice social distancing. Remind them to keep a safe distance from others, especially when out in public.
2) Wash Hands Frequently
Teach your child to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Encourage them to use hand sanitizer if they can’t get to a sink.
3) Wear a Face Covering
Make sure your child wears a face covering when in public and around others who may be ill.
4) Frequently Clean and Disinfect Toys
Clean and disinfect toys and surfaces that your child touches regularly. Make sure to use a cleaner that is safe for children and follow the instructions on the label.
What Should You Do if Your Child Exhibits Symptoms of Flu and Covid-19?
If your child exhibits any symptoms of flu or COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Your healthcare provider will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your child.
They may recommend testing and/or treatment. It is important to follow their instructions and keep your child away from other people until the diagnosis is confirmed.
It is important to take precautions to keep your child safe from the flu and Covid-19. Make sure to regularly clean and disinfect toys and surfaces that your child touches and contact your healthcare provider immediately if your child exhibits any symptoms of either illness. By taking these steps, you can help to protect your child from becoming ill.
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