During summer last year, my family had a bad case of germ attack. My family was downed by flu almost simultaneously. I noticed that we got sick after I held a successful garage sale. Lots of people were coming and going. My kids, wanting to be helpful, milled around the garage as well. I’m sure the virus was brought by one of the “customers”. My family missed the flu vaccine last year!
After several nights of fever and sleeplessness, of kids vomiting, crying, asking for water and for hugs, we all finally got well. As soon as we did, we went to our pediatrician to get our flu vaccines. Of course, it was too late; nevertheless we still got our shots.
I’ve learned my lesson since: get the flu vaccine as soon as the strains for the current year become available.
Three weeks ago, my daughter V and six other classmates were absent from school – all at the same time. Most of them had sniffles, fever, and throat itchies. Over the past several weeks, I’d read plurks of friends or their kids getting sick.
Though early, it seems official – 2009 flu season is here.
Last Saturday afternoon, several mommy bloggers and their children gathered at a restaurant in Pasig for a seminar on flu awareness. The event was organized by Nuffnang Philippines and Sanofi-Pasteur. I brought along my 11-year old daughter, iPatch.
With mommies and kids, from left: JP and her daughter, Julie’s girls Trixie and Tanya, Julie, iMom, Salen, iPatch, LadyCess and Sandra
The seminar, conducted by Dr. Ruby Mendoza-Dizon, was very informative. Here are some flu facts we learned:
Flu is the 5th leading cause of morbidity in the Philippines (“morbidity” here means “illness”).
About 10% of the global population gets the flu.
It usually strikes between June and August.
If left untreated, flu can lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia.
Flu is highly preventable through good hygiene, a well-balanced diet, and vaccination.
Vaccination against flu is a cost-efficient and safe option.
The flu vaccine should be administered yearly, and as soon as the new vaccine for the current year becomes available.
Vaxigrip(TM) is a brand of flu vaccine that is thiomersal-free. It is safe and proven to be effective in preventing the occurence of flu among those vaccinated.