Fight the Flu!

This post is part of the blogger program by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions are my own.

Did you know? That anyone even young, healthy adults can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Buzz buzz (text message: You coming out tonight? I can't I have the flu. My niece and girlfriend have it now too.) The short time it will take you to get a flu vaccine. Can help protect you and the ones you love. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. #GetAFluVaxOnce upon a time I was very ho hum about sickness, all kinds of sickness.  I figured, “Everyone gets sick, right?”  And then what I like to call “The Year of the Sickness” came.  It was actually more like six months, but y’all it felt like FOREVER.  Seriously, we were sick for six months straight.  We would get over one thing and think we were going to be okay and two days later the next thing would hit.  I tell you what, that year changed how I think about sickness and preventing it…especially the flu. 

This year seems to be an extra bad year for the flu.  Every day I hear of someone else I know that is either down with the flu or has a family member that is.  There are so many cases of deaths caused by the flu, more than I remember hearing about before. 

Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.

1. Get the flu shot!  Did you know that it’s not to late to get the flu shot?  Seasonal flu typically peaks between December and February and can last as late as May!  As long as flu viruses are circulating, CDC recommends vaccination.

Despite this year’s vaccine being a poor match for the H3N2 (a particularly bad strain) virus, CDC continues to urge people to get vaccinated since vaccination may still offer some protection.  In many flu seasons, there are other strains of the virus that circulate late in the season that this year’s vaccine is well matched against.

2. Take Preventative Actions.  The first thing that comes to mind is: Wash, wash, wash your hands!  I confess this is one of those actions that I was very lax about before The Year of the Sickness, not anymore!  The CDC has a list of six preventative steps.  See if you can guess them all and then go check here to see

3. CDC has recommended the use of antiviral drugs as an adjunct to vaccination. They’re the only medicines that can specifically treat flu. CDC scientists have looked very carefully at the use of influenza drugs in the clinical setting, and the conclusion is clear, they work but they aren’t being used nearly enough.  Quick antiviral treatment can mean the difference between a milder illness and a stay in the hospital or even death.

Checklist PhotoLet’s #FightFlu!  How well is your family protected?  

A Trick on My Sister

Three girls

Hi!  I’m Joy, and I’m ten years old.  This photo is when me and my sisters were little.  I’m in the middle. 

Once when we were much younger, Grace, Faith and I asked to go out in the back yard.  It had just rained so Mom said, “I’ll think about it.”  Then Mom made up her mind and said, “Yes!”  So my sisters and I went outside. 

We played for a while, but Faith and I got bored so we thought to play a trick on Grace!  We decided it was time for dinner.  It was very muddy that day, so for dessert we had chocolate!  I got some of the mud and told Grace it was tasty chocolate.  Would Grace fall for such a trick?  Well, she did! 

Faith and I were laughing our heads off while Grace, with a mouth full of disgusting mud, was spitting it out.  But by then she knew the mud wasn’t chocolate.  We all came in the house.  Grace washed her mouth out. 

Grace never thought it was funny until now.  And that is how I tricked my sister. 

Imaginative play with Pillow Forts and Pop Secret #coupon

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, by my love for their popcorn is all my own!
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Winter blues?  Kids getting too much screen time?  Give them some sheets and pillows and let their imagination do the rest!  My kids love making forts.  At least once a week I will find them all huddled in a pile of sheets, pillows, stuffed animals and what ever else they drag in there.  The only thing more fun than pillow fort play is adding a snack!  Pop Secret is the perfect snack companion on trips into the uncharted reaches of the imagination. 

Snacking with Pop Secret #PopSecretFortsWe love Pop Secret, and I just can’t seem to pass up the Movie Theater Butter variety.  Yum!  My children always try to get dibs on who uses the Free Pop Secret ipad app to pop the bag.  It really is so fun and we no longer forget and burn the bag! 

Pillow Fort fun #ad #PopSecretFortsSince the kids wanted to have a milk and popcorn party, they made their fort under the kitchen table.  This has to be the easiest and sturdiest kid fort.  Just throw some big sheets around the table and there is the perfect kid hide out.  They insisted all the lights be turned off and grabbed a table lamp for light.  It was like their very own indoor camp fire. 

The perfect pillow fort with Pop Secret #adFaith volunteered to read the kids stories as they munched on their afternoon snack.  This is snack time with style AND imagination! 

Enjoying Pop Secret popcorn #PopSecretForts #adPop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back!

And right now when you visit the Pop Secret Facebook page you can download a coupon for $1 off!  You can also download a customizable flag to name and claim your own pillow fort! 

What do you love most about the kids building pillow forts