Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy During the Cold and Flu Season!

Oh, the flu season has begun! As a mom, I will take a quick moment to panic then I will exhale and use these following tips.

Wash Your Hands – Wash Your Hands – Wash Your Hands ! 
One of the most important things you can do is Wash Your Hands! I would repeat it again but I think you are getting the picture. Washing your hands can be a big player in preventing the spread of illness.  You may choose to use soap and water or an alchol based hand sanitizer ( hand sanitizers should contain at least 60 percent alcohol). If you are a parent of a toddler, you will want to administer the application. Remember you should wash your hands for at least 30 seconds.

Avoid Contact with Someone Already Ill 
This may not always be possible if the flu has already affected other household members but you can remember to wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with their facial area.  Try to limit your public outings during the worst part of the flu season. When you are at the grocery store or gas station, remember to apply hand sanitizer as soon as you are finished pushing the grocery cart or using the gas pump handle. 

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose & Mouth 
One of the fastest ways a virus is spread is by touching something that is contaminated with the virus and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Be extra aware of your movements with your hands. Believe me, this is easier said than done. You just don’t realize how often your hands touch your face without even thinking about it. 

Cover Your Mouth 
Be sure to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. The best way to do this is by tucking into your elbow. Encourage others around you to do this as well. Droplets from a sneeze can travel between 3 and 10 feet. Gross!!!

Get Vaccinated 
Visit your local doctors office or pharmacy for your seasonal vaccine. 

Other Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season…

~ Use disposable towels and cups to reduce the risk of infection

~ Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Examples are: doorknobs, faucet handles, light switches, telephones, pens and shared toys

~ Replace your toothbrush and keep your new one separate from other household members. 

One final piece of advice is to stay home and out of the public if you are feeling ill. Not only do we want to protect ourselves, but if we do happen to fall sick to the flu, we DO NOT want to spread it to others!

I hope these tips will help and pray for good health for everyone. 

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