With flu season reaching its peak in January, my office will soon start filling up with parents and their children who are sick with a cold or the flu.
The influenza virus causes a staggering 32 million missed school days and 100 million missed days of work. Symptoms of the flu are often hard to distinguish from those of a common cold; coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fatigue, general aches, fever and stomach complaints like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are all typical of the flu. And while influenza vaccinations and antiviral drugs may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of influenza, their abilities are limited.
See Modern Mom‘s tips for surviving cold & flu season below: