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Protecting Your Kids During Flu Season

SPRINGBORO -- Kids are back to school, meaning the germs are likely flowing with abundance, but we have ways to protect them during this nasty season.

At Corner Stone Pediatrics, Dr. Greg Eberhart says they try to vaccinate as many kids as possible. Dr. Eberhart says the kids have been piling into his office within the last week.

"I think every year around this time when kids get back to school they are getting back together again and sharing things including viruses and colds and things, so we see a variety of things this time of year, stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses," said Dr. Eberhart.

Although we're not fully into flu season yet, doctors say it's coming and parents need to be prepared. Washing hands and not sharing utensils sound like common sense, but doctors say those simple steps go a long way.

"I get him all of his shots, he got his flu shot when he could get it a few months ago when he was old enough, I get my flu shot every year so if I don't get sick I don't pass it on to him," said Kristin Bartunek of Miamisburg.

These germs and viruses are likely passed throughout the classroom.

"He does go to daycare though so he's exposed but I just try to keep him away from anyone I know is sick," said Bartunek.

The Flu Vaccine for children is a different dosage than adults, but there are parents who are still concerned.

"I think some parents perceive when they got a vaccine themselves in the past and they were achy and they arm hurt, oh I got the flu from the flu vaccine, the flu vaccine is a killed virus vaccine, there's nothing alive, your child will not get the flu," said Dr. Eberhart.

 
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