There is an outbreak of an A3 influenza in some secondary schools in the Eastern Region. Authorities are doing all they can to ensure the disease does not spread to other schools in Ghana. Although the disease has not become endemic, however as parents we must take precautions to protect our children from things that could potentially harm them. Here is an article on the outbreak of the A3 influenza in the Eastern region.
Influenza A3 is a variant of the influenza virus, also known as the “seasonal flu”. Influenza A3 is transmitted in much the same way that other similar influenza variants are transmitted. Particles from an infected person can be encountered through physical contact, airborne particles, or contact with surfaces and objects that have become infected.
Symptoms do not differ greatly from other strains of the influenza virus but can be considered dangerous for the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, or small children. Some symptoms of A3 influenza include fever, body, joint ache and chill. Here are a few steps parents can take to protect their children against an influenza outbreak.
Encourage your children to practice good personal hygiene such as the periodic washing of hands and the occasional application of hand sanitizer. Periodic handwashing among children has been proven to safeguard them against contagious disease.
Furthermore, have your children vaccinated against the flu at any hospital. Vaccination when done right could protect your child against the outbreak of cases of flu. Although vaccines are expensive, it is sure and trusted way to protect your child from infections.
Parents should also consider putting their children on a good diet. Although a good diet is a basic necessity for the development of every child, it could make a lot of difference in protecting your child against the outbreak of influenza. A good diet helps to build your child’s immune system against life-threatening diseases.
Teach them not to share personal items such as handkerchiefs, water bottles, plates, spoons etc with other children. Children should be taught sharing but not when it puts their health in jeopardy. Teach them the importance of drawing a line when it comes to sharing personal items.
Protecting your child against any form of infection should be a top priority for every parent. It is therefore important that parents take precautions in ensuring the safety of their child.