Most people have a favorite season. But there is one season that everyone can agree is the absolute worst. Flu season.  It’s that time of year again and chances are if one member of your household gets the flu, everyone will get it.  Germs can start spreading even before any symptoms appear, meaning your family can be infected up to a week before anyone starts actually feeling sick.  However, there are some things you can do to help keep the flu from spreading:

  • First things first. GET VACCINATED.  According to health experts, getting a flu vaccine is the single most important thing you can do to prevent flu.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older who hasn’t had a previous bad reaction or isn’t allergic to egg or mercury. Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
     
  • Cover your mouth and nose.  It is believed that flu germs via droplets from the nose and mouth.  When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.  Be sure to throw away the tissue right away and wash your hands immediately.  If you don’t have a tissue available, use the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose. 
     
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Per the CDC, flu germs can live for two to eight hours on hard surfaces. That means that it’s easy to pick up flu germs just by touching something that has been touched by someone who is infected. So, keeping your hands away from your face is vital!
     
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands!!  Not only do you need to wash your hands, you need to wash them properly.  When and How to Wash Your Hands
     
  • Stay away from other sick people.  I know it can be easier said than done, but if you know someone is sick with the flu, try to steer clear.  If you are the one who is sick, STAY HOME!  Don’t try to push through at work or school, not only because you need rest, but because you will infect others.  Avoid sharing personal items with the infected person such as washcloths, towels, dishes, toys, and utensils.
     
  • Clean your house. Now is the time to break out the disinfectants!  Since the flu germs can live on hard surfaces, it’s more important than ever for you to keep them super clean.  Take special care with germ hot spots such as kitchen sponges, dish cloths, sinks, toilets, and cutting boards. 
     
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.  By living a healthy lifestyle you are better equipped to fight off germs.  Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and manage your stress.

Follow these tips and keep you and your family healthy this flu season!

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