Flu season is upon us, and knowing how to protect your family from the dreaded virus is half the battle! As most families know, germs have a way of spreading around to everyone in your entire household. Build your best defense against the flu virus with the following tips.
Make Sure Those Hands are Clean!
One of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of the flu virus is through good hand hygiene. Practicing good hand washing techniques with your children, as well as ensuring everyone in the household is on board, helps keep those pesky germs away! The CDC (Center For Disease Control) recommends 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing, or the length of time it takes you to sing "Happy Birthday".
Disinfect Household Surfaces
Another great tip for avoiding germs is by disinfecting your common household surfaces. You can disinfect with bleach wipes, spray disinfectants, or a bleach and water mixture. Apply the disinfectant to common household areas like doorknobs, counter tops, television remotes, phones, and bathroom handles such as the sink and toilet.
Get Your Annual Flu Vaccination
It is very important to safeguard against the flu by getting your annual flu vaccination. Young children and adults over 65 are at risk of serious complications from the flu, so vaccinations for these groups are especially recommended. Getting your whole household immunized is a great defense from the flu virus.
Germs Are Everywhere!
It is also important to note that germs are literally everyone. While the above tips definitely give you a good start for protecting yourself against the flu, germs in public places are also challenging. Shopping carts and public restrooms pose a risk for coming in contacting with germs. Always wipe down shopping carts before use, and it doesn't hurt to carry your own on you in case the store doesn't provide any. Travel sized hand sanitizers are also a good thing to have on hand while out and about to protect yourself!
Strengthen Your Immune System
Strengthen your family's immune systems with the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C. If you are unsure of the correct dosage you can consult your doctor or pharmacist. Another great way to boost your immune system is by eating probiotics which are found in yogurt or over the counter supplements. Yogurt helps give your immune system a healthy boost to help prevent illness.