Stay Away Mr. Flu: 10 Tips & Tricks for Young Kids and Families

Flu season young kidsLittle Monkey spends a fair portion of her days with 29 other germ filled kids, so it comes as no surprise that she started coughing and sniffling during her second week of junior kindergarten. We have a busy schedule and have no time to deal with the flu so we’re trying very hard to ensure that we keep Mr. Flu at bay this year.


Last year I shared our first line of defence against viruses and diseases, and this year I am thrilled to learn that there’s a nasal spray flu vaccine. No more mean flu injections for my little ones!! As of October 26th (a day after Baby Boy turned 2!!!), the nasal spray flu vaccine is available for those aged two to 17 years. Little Monkey will be thrilled to avoid an injection!! She is NOT a fan of doctors because they inject her! While parents can still opt to vaccinate their kids with an injection, both the nasal spray flu vaccine and the shot protect against four flu viruses compared to the adult vaccine that protects against three. Evidence also shows that the nasal spray is more effective than the injectable vaccine for children aged two to five years.

Being preventative creates an environment that germs don’t want to live in. That’s why I vaccinate the whole family as early as possible.


Over the years, I’ve picked up some more tips and tricks that work for us, besides getting the vaccine. Here are some other ways we use to stay healthy and tell Mr. Flu to stay away…far FAR away!


    1. Washing our hands as soon as we walk through the front door
    2. Cooking with spices such as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, which are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties
    3. Getting plenty of rest (when you’re tired your body’s defense system doesn’t function as well as it could)
    4. Having humidifiers in bedrooms and the living room helps to provide relief from coughs and congestion
    5. Disinfecting the surfaces of doorknobs, light switches, telephones and keyboards that can become contaminated with bacteria and viruses (antibacterial wipes are my best friend!)
    6. Taking probiotics for a healthy immune system
    7. Staying hydrated (kids may feel less thirsty during the winter months vs. the summer but they still need to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy)
    8. Limiting frequent touching of our noses, mouth and eyes (top spots that transmit germs)
    9. Being active outdoors (getting exercise in the fresh air helps boost our immune systems)
    10. Avoiding contact with those who are sick (easier said than done, but we can try!)



sickIt scares me to think that 10 to 20 per cent of Canadians get sick with the flu each year and that it’s estimated that 12,200 people are hospitalized and about 3,500 die (gulp!). As we head into flu season, my wish is that each and every one of you escapes the wrath of nasty Mr. Flu. As much as I enjoy the quiet house when the kids are under the weather, I’d rather be snuggling with them than have them exhausted and miserable as they vegetate on our couch.


If you’re looking to get more information about this year’s flu program, visit


This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are my own. For additional information on the flu or to find out where to get a flu shot, click here.


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  • JaimeeM
    December 2, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Ooof the flu is scary. I hate seeing babies that sick. Luckily *knock on wood* hasnt hit this house

    • Yashy
      December 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I’m knocking extra hard for you!

  • Julie
    December 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of the spray mist flu shot, very interesting.
    Great tips!

    • Yashy
      December 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      It’s great Julie.. My 4 yo hates needles and while she still cried for a three seconds, it was such a breeze!

  • Treen Goodwin
    December 3, 2015 at 8:35 am

    great tips thanks for sharing , so far so good in our home :

  • kristen visser
    December 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    love the tips! I had no idea cooking with different spices helps as well!

    • Yashy
      December 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Oh it really truly does! Good luck avoiding the flu this year!

  • nicolthepickle
    December 5, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Aww, I hope no one gets too sick this year at your house.

    • Yashy
      December 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you! Fingers crossed

  • AD
    December 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Being South Asian myself, I used to roll my eyes and think my grandparent’s old remedies of ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cloves and turmeric were old wives tales. Or when my mother used to make me chug down turmeric milk (haidar dood) when I had chest congestion and a head cold, I would fight her and be a real pain in the behind… Funny how life is and that there is so much truth and science behind those old remedies! I now use them on my boys.

    • Yashy
      December 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      I know right? I was the same as you!!

  • Eldon
    December 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Great tips, I was sick last month and it was not fun

    • Yashy
      December 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      oh man! I know how that feels!

  • Stacy Scott
    December 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Wow, With 10 Children,theses tips are totally going to come into practice and use! Its scary to see the #’s regarding the Flu and even the death rates My gosh! .. I can”t wait to try the spices, do you have a recipe by chance that you use with these’s spices? or can you make a drink? Thank you again for the info, Much Appreciated

    • Yashy
      December 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Stacey

      I don’t have any specific recipes but I try to put a pinch of tumeric into each of our dishes. It doesn’t really alter the taste so it’s easy to ‘sneak’ in. Just turns things a bit yellow (who doesn’t love yellow rice!!). As for ginger, I put that in soups and curries – usually in chunk format and I brew ginger tea for myself.

  • Chandra O'Connor
    December 13, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I strap a container of Lysol wipes on me when anyone is sick in house, constantly wiping down door handles etc.

  • loucheryl
    December 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    When my boys walk in the door, the first thing I get them to do is wash their hands with me. Great tips!

  • Mommy Outside
    December 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Great tips! But I am going to comment on #9. Going outside does not “boost your immune system”. In fact the idea that you can boost your immune system with diet or lifestyle (unless you have an underlying condition that makes you immune compromised) is a myth. However, the flu shot does exactly that – boosts your immunity against the flu.

    • Yashy
      December 30, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Totally agree on the flu shot but I firmly believe in foods helping boost the immune system, as does getting fresh air and exercise. Also grab as much natural Vitamin D as possible! 🙂

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