The other year we suffered quite badly as a family from the flu. First it hit Mr Nine to Three Thirty when we were staying with his parents. The last day we were there he didn’t emerge from bed until it was time to leave and then he went straight to the car. When we arrived home he transferred to our bed to fight it off. It took days. A couple of days later I came down with it. Either I didn’t have it as bad, or I just felt I had to carry on. I felt so rough, but dosed myself up and even endured the delights of soft play to keep H entertained. It was a nightmare and since then I’ve been thinking about getting a flu jab myself. I couldn’t face going through that again.
Luckily H didn’t get the flu that time, but as we all know children often pick up the germs and bring them home. Children often mix closer with their peers than we do with other adults and standards of hygiene aren’t always what they could be. I’m forever reminding H to wash his hands. The flu virus is often transferred by breathing in someone else’s cough or sneeze, but viruses expelled when someone coughs or sneezes can settle and be picked up when hygiene isn’t at its optimum level.
It’s now been decided to offer free vaccinations to young children in England to protect them from the flu and the potential complications that can develop from the flu. It will also provide protection for others including vulnerable groups like the elderly or pregnant women. You can find out more information here.
Dr.Ranj has also made this really informative video about the effects of flu and the vaccination programme.