As the weather begins to cool and the days start to get shorter, parents’ minds generally turn towards the upcoming flu season and the best ways to prevent illness in their household. Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions surrounding the transmission, incubation period, best course of treatment and even vaccinations that figuring out the best course of action can be a challenge. These 30 blog entries offer information on several aspects of the seasonal flu.
What is Influenza?
The first step in treating flu symptoms or preventing them altogether is to understand what influenza is, how it’s transmitted, and what signs or symptoms typically accompany an infection. These five blog posts are all dedicated to explaining what flu is, helping readers to better understand it.
- Influenza 101
- What is Flu?
- On Influenza A (H1N1)
- What is Flu? Difference Between Flu, Stomach Flu, Cold and More
- What’s New with Flu?
Treatment for Flu?
While there is currently no cure for influenza, there are treatments that can help to alleviate some of the symptoms. In these blog posts, various methods of minimizing your suffering during a bout with the flu are discussed.
- Treat Flu Symptoms
- Flu Treatment Options
- Standard Flu Treatment
- Super Antibody Could Provide Universal Flu Treatment
- Treating Flu Symptoms Sensibly – What to Do if You Think You Have Been Exposed to Flu
Contagion and Incubation Periods for Flu
Understanding how to prevent the spread of flu between family members requires a basic knowledge of incubation periods and how long an infected person can transmit the flu virus to others. In the interest of providing this essential information, these bloggers attempt to clarify facts and dispel rumors surrounding influenza contagion.
- How Long is the Flu Contagious?
- Flu Symptoms in Incubation
- When are Colds and the Flu Most Contagious?
- Incubation Period of the Flu
- Study Finds Swine Flu is Contagious Days After Fever Ends
Flu Vaccine Information
Though a seasonal flu shot is strongly recommended for certain groups of people, there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the vaccine. Information about flu vaccines is varied and often inaccurate, making it difficult for many people to determine whether or not receiving a flu shot is the right choice for them and their family members.
- Fear Mongering the Flu Vaccine
- What You Need to Know About the 2012/2013 Flu Vaccine
- Flu Vaccine Facts: Who Should Get It, Who Shouldn’t and Why
- Debunking the Flu Shot Myths
- The Shocking Lack of Evidence Supporting Flu Vaccines
Preventing the Flu without Vaccination
If you’re among the people that vaccination against influenza is not recommended for, or have simply chosen not to receive a flu shot, there are still steps you can take to reduce your chances of contracting the flu virus. These five bloggers offer advice for minimizing your flu risk and helping to prevent the spread of influenza in your household.
- How to Dodge the Flu Without a Shot
- How to Prevent and Cure the Flu Naturally Without a Vaccine
- How to Avoid the Flu Without Firing a Shot
- Avoid Flu Shots, Take Vitamin D Instead
- Fighting Flu Without the Flu Shot
Influenza and Possible Complications
While it often seems strange to think that people still die from what is often regarded as a minor, albeit miserable, illness, the fact is that complications from influenza do cause a significant number of deaths around the country each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 36,000 people will die from influenza and resulting complications. These five blog entries discuss possible complications, providing valuable information to those that may not realize just how serious the flu can be.
- Influenza and its Complications
- Influenza and Children With Neurologic Disorders
- Warning Signs That Flu is Serious
- Pneumonia: a Dangerous Complication of the Flu
- Complications Can Arise During Course of Flu