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Offered by: Rachael Janoso, M.D.- Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

As the weather begins to cool, this brings another exciting season of everyone’s favorite holiday traditions. As you prepare for big family dinners and holiday shopping, be sure to prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season.

The best way to be prepared is to get vaccinated; this includes you, your children, grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc. It is recommended for everyone 6 months and up to receive their annual influenza vaccine, and it is best to get it early in the year before flu hits hard (typically in December and January). If you haven’t received your covid vaccine or updated omicron booster, now would be a great time to get it. Another important virus that is prevalent this time of year is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which can cause serious illness and hospitalization in young infants and toddlers. We do not have a vaccine against RSV, so it is important to continue to maintain appropriate social distancing and regular handwashing to prevent its spread to our vulnerable patients.

If you or your family do become ill, make sure you stay home from large gatherings, school, church, parties, in order to prevent further spread. We recommend plenty of rest to allow your body time to recover, as well as plenty of fluids. Tylenol and Ibuprofen can help to treat any fevers, pain, or body aches. Most of the time, over-the-counter cough medicines and decongestants are not recommended, especially in young children. In most cases, antibiotics are also not needed to help treat these types of infections, the body is equipped to fight off the infection on its own, but you can consult with your primary care provider if any medications are recommended for you.

Please visit the CDC website for more information on how you can stay safe and healthy this holiday season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/index.html.

Please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com for more info.

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