Here is what parents can do to protect children from flu epidemic

Epidemic kills at least 37 children in U.S.


MIAMI – As the death toll for the U.S. flu season continues to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the flue shot is still the best way to protect yourself from the epidemic. 

Federal officials report the epidemic has killed at least 30 children in the U.S.

Here is a list of precautions parents can take:

- Several doctors told ABC News it isn't too late for children ages 2 to 18 years old to get the flu vaccine. 

- Avoid people who are ill.

- Be proactive about washing your hands frequently with plenty of soap and water. 

- Disinfect toys and clean the children's rooms regularly.

- Use hand sanitizer regularly. 

- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and your nose and instruct older children to do the same. 

- Use alcohol wipes on things like grocery carts and gym machines.

- Communicate with your pediatrician for an action plan. Start treatment with fluids, rest, fever control and over-the-counter medications right away if you or your child has symptoms.

- If the child is getting dehydrated and hands and feet are cold, it is reasonable to rush to the emergency room. 


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