OK, so it’s been a mild flu season thus far. But that doesn’t mean those nasty little bugs won’t show up just in time for Prom Night, the school play, or that all-important first date. The CDC – including teens in their coverage for the first time this year – now recommends that everyone ages 6 months to 18 years old get a flu shot.
A national telephone survey conducted in December found that just 21% of teens had received their flu shots this winter, but it isn’t too late.
And, believe it or not, The Clorox Company (disinfecters that they are) is trying to make it fun. They’re sponsoring an “I Don’t Want To Miss” PSA contest and calling on teens to submit videos about the special moments they don’t want to miss out on due to colds and flu.
The first-place winner will receive a concert from American Idol finalist Brooke White at their school. Second prize is an autographed guitar. Deadline is March 11.
Here are some flu-prevention tips to help keep your teen healthy enough for video making:
Teach hand washing: Kids should wash their hands with soap and water after any activity that involves others, like drama rehearsal, sports practice, or school dances.
Disinfect those electronics: Teens tend to pass their devices around, sharing from friend to friend. So follow the manufacturer’s instructions and give them a frequent cleaning to wipe out germs that can stay alive on the surface for days.
Spot-clean the house: Focus on areas that hands touch often, like light switches, door knobs, faucets, and the refrigerator door handle.
Preach the basics: Proper diet, exercise and enough sleep are key in keeping your kids’ immune systems strong. Remind them of this often.
Get that flu shot: Set a good example, and go together. Experts say it’s the most effective thing you can do to prevent the flu.
You and your teen can also learn lots more about flu prevention at IDontWantToMiss.com. It includes an FAQ section where parents can submit their own flu-prevention questions and have them answered by an expert.
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