What am I sick with and how can i keep my kids healthy?!

Question: What am I sick with and how can i keep my kids healthy.?
I have been sick for about three days now with a bad cold where i am coughing up mucus, an extremely runny nose, a pretty bad headache, i've been extremely tired, and i've had a fever of about 101 constantly. Does it sound like just a cold or the flu.? Only my oldest two children got their flu shots this year, and i have 1 1/2 year old twins that have not. What can I do to make sure they don't get sick with whatever it is I have too.? My husband has to go out of town this week for two days, should I send my children to my moms house or try to take care of them myself.? Thanks in advance.Health Question & Answer

If you have a cold or the flu, your children have already been exposed if you have been sick for three days (they were probably exposed before you got sick). Don't send them to your mom's unless you want to risk her getting sick, too.

Call your doctor and see if there if flu is epidemic in your area. If it is, there are antivirals available that can shorten the length of time you are ill. They must be started within 48 hours of developing symptoms. Tamiflu (one of the antivirals) can be used for children 1 and older. Your doctor may want to see you for a definitive diagnosis before he treats your children, but you'll know what you're dealing with and whether or not medication can help your younger children.Health Question & Answer

Unfortunately there is not much you can do now. They have probably been exposed to the virus. It sounds like you have a bad cold. The best thing to do is to take care of yourself. As for your children, you can send them to your Moms but then you will have exposed her to the virus as wellHealth Question & Answer

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