My four children are in their teens now and two of them consider flu shots a waste of time since they have had the shots and ended up with the flu. This year there have been more than usual reports of the flu so I worry about them. Are there other things to do to prevent flu besides the shots?
Your best shot for a flu-free season is still your flu shot especially for children over six months, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and people over sixty-five. If you do get the flu despite being immunized your symptoms will likely be less severe and complications like pneumonia will be reduced.
If you can’t get your kids to take the flu shot then encourage them to get a good night’s sleep and to eat their fruits and vegetables. A multivitamin and extra vitamin C could also help ward off the flu. Vitamin D is also an immunity enhancer. Teens often have their own ideas and it’s hard to reason with them. It’s part of growing up. Try not to say “I told you so” if they end up with the flu.