With the flu season always around the corner somewhere, somehow, it is important to acknowledge and respect certain guidelines in order to avoid spreading germs and flu at work or at home. For mothers out there that have small kids, this can be especially difficult to do as they are basically germs with legs. It happens innocently enough as one member of the family gets sick and then it spreads from one person to another and before long everyone has been affected. Flu germs seem to come from just about anywhere, and once you experience symptoms, you know that you will be sick somehow in some way for about a week at least.
You will need to be strong to get through this time and there are some tips out here you can utilize to ensure that your family stays free and clear of the flu or at least alleviate the germs from spreading further.
Listen to the medical experts when they say vaccination is probably the best way to ensure that you don’t get the flu. Currently, there are four types of vaccines according to the Center for Disease Control. They advise that anyone over the age of 6 months who has not had a reaction before should get the flu vaccination.
Covering Sneezes and Coughs
According to scientists, germs from the flu spread from droplets from the nose and mouth. In order to evade them, cover the mouth and the nose every time you sneeze or cough as this is the way in which they travel from one person to another. Be sure to have tissues nearby and wash hands directly afterward. If there are no tissues, use the crook of the elbow. For kids, teaching these general rules and ensuring they follow them can be especially problematic. But it is essential that they get it as young as possible because this makes it that much easier for your household to get through the flu months.
Don’t Touch Nose, Eyes, Mouth
The CDC says flu germs are able to live as much as eight hours when on harder surfaces, which is why you can easily acquire them and not even know it. Simply touching a doorknob and then touching your eyes or face can make you a potential victim. Keep your hands from your face and remind your kids to do the same and remind them often.
Washing Hands Often
You have heard this before but you will continue to hear it until the end of time – always remember to wash your hands and wash them often. The problem is that many don’t wash them long enough. Using soap, scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds, then rinse and then dry them. This ensures that your hands are really clean and free of potential germs. I find that sanitizers that you can buy over the counter can be quite effective and I usually have them lying around everywhere. If you want to keep your house germ-free, then do so. You will be happy you did.