When I think about swine flu the first thing that enters my mind are children. I’m a father of four and I know first hand the feeling of helpless dread that a parent feels for their sick child. I can only imagine the intensity of that feeling when faced with a confirmed killer like H1N1. That being said, I did some research about how swine flu might be prevented and thought I’d pass on a few tips.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Children as it happens are the number one carriers and spreaders of the infection. We need to teach our kids the proper “etiquette” that applies to colds and viruses. Good hygiene, coughing and sneezing into a disposable tissue(their sleeve if necessary), and avoiding other kids showing symptoms without completely horrifying or ostracizing them.
Discuss H1N1 with your kids. They are never to young to learn self preservation. How long did you wait to teach your kids to look both ways before crossing the street? The same applies to swine flu. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for and they will take it seriously if you do.
Pay attention to the news and school department alerts regarding swine flu. The reaction to H1N1 is not uniform and every township and local government may take different approaches. If yours adopts a “control the panic” over a control the pandemic policy it will be up to you to remain informed and protect your family on your own.
When you ask yourself, “How can I prevent swine flu?” these are just a few of the answers that should come instantly to mind. Start thinking about swine flu prevention now so if and when it affects your community you won’t need to panic or scramble for this very important information. Prevention through the right information is the “best defense”.