I have a one month old and am concerned about the flu. What can I do?
As I am sure you know, we are experiencing a very severe influenza outbreak due to the H1N1 virus. The seasonal flu, which will come in the next few months, will make this flu season long and harsh. Infants are at high risk for developing complications from the flu, so it is appropriate to be concerned. Avoiding large crowds of people, especially children, will decrease your exposure to the flu virus. Of course, good hand washing is essential to decrease the spread of germs. The most important preventative step would be for all caregivers and household contacts to be protected against the flu by receiving both their H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. This forms a protective “cocoon” around your infant.
“All information given is not a substitute for the advice of your pediatrician, primary care provider or trained health professional. Always consult with your pediatrician or health care professional.”