It doesn’t matter who you are or where you go, everyone is talking about the H1N1 flu virus.  In the last two days I have heard so many conflicting and inaccurate comments, that I just could not resist writing about it.

It is a big decision…to vaccinate or not to vaccinate!  How can you safely decide when you have heard so much conflicting advice from your doctor, friends, school, someone at the playground and so on? Face it, we have a lot of information around us each day to sieve through, and make a decision that is right for your own family. H1N1 discussions have left many people feeling like a lost fishing boat being tossed amongst high waves…one toss, and ‘YES, I am definitely getting the vaccine’, and then another big wave hits and, ‘NO way will I get this vaccine’! Do you feel like that? I thought it would be helpful to give you one place to find some accurate answers for you and your family. Below are links to reputable, reliable sources! Good luck. Take the survey below when you have finishing sorting through the facts, we’d love to hear what you have decided.

What is the H1N1 Flu Virus?

What are the symptoms of the H1N1 Flu Virus?

Vaccine Myths

What is the difference between an adjuvanted and non-adjuvanted vaccine?

General Frequently Asked Questions: Public Health Agency of Canada

General Frequently Asked Questions: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Here is some additional advice from our Parent Guide clients:

Now that Halloween has passed, you will appreciate the advice from Paulina Zettel from the Kura Naturopathic Clinic in Guelph, Ontario. Paulina suggest that we “limit sugar consumption, especially at first sign of cold or flu. This includes sugar in the form of glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey or juice. Studies show that oral administration of these sugars decreases white blood cell activity by 50% for up to 5 hours, leaving children or adults in an immunocompromised state, and unable to fight infections such as colds or flu.”

Cheryl Lalande, owner of Evolution Fitness and Wellness Solutions in London, Ontario, stresses the importance of keeping your immune system strong and functioning optimally by following a healthy diet and lifestyle (exercising, managing stress and being consistent with maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet).

Prevention is the message from the Region of Waterloo Public HealthClick here to download the “6 Simple Steps to Help Keep you Healthy.”

 

If you do get sick, despite your best efforts to avoid H1N1, above all, STAY HOME. You are contagious for at least 7 days after the onset of your symptoms.

 

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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