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Okay, I know with all the seasonal/H1N1 vaccine hype many of you may think I’m crazy for saying this but we aren’t getting them…for my family we have decided that the potential risks outweigh the benefits.

Well, now what? Peyton is still going to be attending preschool and we are not about to shut ourselves in for the winter so I have been taking extra precautions. Here is a list of my favorite things to stay germ-free and also a list of ‘immune-boosting’ foods.

*keep in mind, I am not a doctor, nurse, nutritionist, etc. Just a mom trying to keep her kids healthy.*

First off we have invested in a lot of hand sanitizer! Of course it is always best to wash your hands often with warm soapy water (teach your kids to sing ‘happy birthday’ or ‘twinkle, twinkle’ while they’re washing to time themselves) but when you are out running errands or at your daughters dance class and you notice a sick child coughing all over the place, you want to have other options!

For me: I found this hand sanitizer with an added moisturizer that won’t dry your hands out.

Infectiguard Handsanitizer with moisturizer

Infectiguard Handsanitizer with moisturizer

For the kids: to avoid the hazard of your toddler drinking it, I found these wipes. They are also really easy for the kids to use and you can use them on other things such as door handles and shopping carts.

Sani Hands kids hand sanitizing wipes

Sani Hands kids hand sanitizing wipes

Tissues: We have been using these anti-viral tissues, now whether or not they actually help any more than regular tissues I don’t know, but I’ll go with it…anything to help prevent the spread of germs!

Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues

Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues

I also keep lysol spray handy around the house to use on toys, doorknobs, etc.

Immune Boosting Foods:
*Vitamin C: strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, orange
*Vitamin E
*Caratenoids: carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale
*Zinc: oysters, crab, beef, beans
*garlic
*Selenium: tuna, shrimp, brown rice, cottage cheese
*Omega 3′s: flax oil, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna
-there are also Omega 3 supplements just for kids
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Make sure you and your children are getting enough sleep and avoid touching your nose and mouth whenever possible (that one’s really tough in our house since Peyton is a finger-sucker). Also, watch the babies pacifiers…I noticed Preston put his down on the floor to look at something and then picked it back up to put in his mouth!

And remember, if you or your child does get sick…PLEASE STAY HOME!

Well we all have seen the scare of the H1N1 virus. It’s seems that’s all they are talking about on the news anymore… So, what are we going to do about it? The vaccine will be available within a week in some areas, but will we give it to our children?

First of all, we have the regular seasonal flu shots…normally, my family (with the exception of my husband, since he’s military they are constantly shooting him up with all sorts of vaccines) doesn’t get the seasonal flu shot, but this year I am having both of my children get a flu shot since Peyton is in preschool. We all know what germ infested kids we have and last year Preston and I both caught a stomach bug 3 days before Christmas. This season, I am not planning on taking any risks with a virus that just seems inevitable with Peyton being around so many other children 3 days a week.

Now, the new H1N1 vaccine… I personally don’t see any reason to subject my otherwise healthy children to an injection of a virus that they may not even come in contact with. I also don’t think I want to use my 3 yr. old and 18 month old as guinea pigs for a vaccine that is brand new. This is unlike the seasonal flu shot in that the vaccine has not been around for years and given to millions of people. For me, the risks of giving my children a new vaccine that contains a weakened, yet still live, form of the H1N1 virus is NOT worth it.

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