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How can i help prevent the spread of the flu?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Flu shot, hand wash: You and your family should get the flu shot. Young children are at high risk for complications from the flu. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid close contact with sick people.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Good Hygiene: The flu is a common and potentially serious infection. The most important control measure is the flu vaccine, which can be given to children 6 months of age and older. Common sense measures include hand washing or sanitizer, covering your cough/sneeze, not sharing drinks and avoiding ill people and crowded areas during the flu season.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Vaccinate the family: The single most successful (and cost effective means) to prevent the spread of flu is to vaccinate all eligible members of your family. Of special importance is the vaccination of the pregnant mother: infants below 6 months of age are not candidates for the flu vaccine; therefore, the only way to impart immunity to the newborn is through the vaccination of his mother before delivery.

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A 28-year-old female asked:

Does oscillococcinum really help prevent the flu?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Uncertain: I have heard claims about oscillococcinum & have intended to try it but have no personal experience with it as yet. Zinc lozenges, airborne/generic, elderberry, astragalus, echinacea all seem to have beneficial effects against flu if taken at very onset of flu or as a preventive. [caution: do not use zinc nasal gel (zicam): there have been reported cases of irreversible loss of smell with its use].
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