As parents, we do everythingwe can to keep our kids safe and secure. With the winter months soon upon us, temperatures will begin to drop, and viruses such as the flu will become more commonplace. If one member of your family gets the flu, it probably won’t take long before everyone else catches it too.
To minimize the risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to your loved ones, here are five measures you can take.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your family from the flu is by getting vaccinated. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises anyone aged six months and over who hasn’t had a previous bad reaction to get a flu vaccination. There are several types of flu shots that you need to be aware of with the standard flu shot being the most common. Vaccination has proven to have numerous benefits, such as decreasing the risk of flu illnesses.
Cover Sneezes & Coughs
When sneezing or coughing, you must cover your mouth. Flu germs can spread through droplets from the nose and mouth. So, make sure you have a tissue handy and use it to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Then, immediately discard of it and wash your hands. If you don’t have access to a tissue, you can use your elbow instead. Make sure that your kids follow suit and get into the habit of using a tissue for their sneezes and coughs.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Flu germs can thrive on hand surfaces for up to eight hours. This means that you should refrain from touching your nose, eyes, and face when possible. Frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and tables can harbor flu germs and increase your risk of contracting the virus. It can be hard for your kids to keep their fingers away from their face. However, reminding them as often as possible is key for keeping your loved ones safe.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
Washing your hands regularly with soap and water will significantly reduce the risk of catching viruses. If you don’t have access to a sink, there are all-natural hand sanitizer products that you can purchase for you and your family to use. Even if you understand the importance of washing your hands, your children may not be as aware, which is why they must get into the habit of washing their hands every time they use the bathroom, before eating, and after arriving home from school.
Keep Your Home Clean
Flu viruses and germs love to lurk on frequently used items in your home. Whether it’s kitchen sponges, cloths, or chopping boards, you need to ensure that these hot spots are cleaned and disinfected regularly. If a family member has the flu, make sure to pay special attention when washing their things. Any cutlery and dishes must be thoroughly cleaned – or use a dishwasher.
The flu is a common infection, with its signs resembling those of a very bad cold. To reduce the risk of you and your family falling ill, you should follow the tips above and put them into practice.