While it is not too late to get your flu shot this year, you may find that whether the flu shot is for you or your children that you need to look in more than one place to get your vaccine. “People who haven’t been vaccinated and want to get the vaccine may have to look in several places for it,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Whether you get the flu vaccine or not there are still a number of steps you can take to avoid the flu in you and your family.
- Of course the CDC advocates to get your flu shot, to help you avoid the flu. That decision is up to you.
- Wash your hands, often and frequently. This can be a bore and a chore for kids so make it fun by singing a song that takes up to 30 seconds or more. When all else fails try “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
- At the office consider keeping hand sanitizer at your desk for after those frequent handshakes. You may want to wait until they walk away from your cubicle before you use it though. This helps cut down on the germs you bring home too.
- Keep your hands and your little one’s hands from their eyes and nose. Now is not the time to play “head and shoulders knees and toes.” A good many germs enter your body through eyes and nose. Also try to avoid thumb sucking and nail biting.
- Get some sleep. (Related content Goodnight, Sleep Tight: Seven Steps Towards Getting a Good Night’s Sleep) The more rested you are the better able your body is fight off the flu.
- Eat healthy, drink lots of fluids, hopefully they will mostly be water.
- Keep it clean. You don’t need to disinfect and sanitize every surface but it is important to care for countertops, faucets, keyboards, phones and other often touched items in the house. If only person brings home a bug it is likely that they whole family will be down with a nasty cold or flu. (Related content: 21 Recipes for green cleaning success from furniture to floors)
- Boost your immune system. This can be using vitamins and minerals, getting enough sleep, exercise, and doing stress free activities. The bigger the boost the better your health and your family’s will be.
- Cover that cough and more. Use a tissue or your elbow (no more telling us to cover our cough with our hands) to cover your cough and stifle that sneeze and promptly throw it away and wash your hands.
- Stop smoking (was it a New Year’s Resolution for you) and cut down on alcohol consumption. Both leave your body at increased risk of colds and flu.
The CDC also offers this free printable guide to avoiding the flu at home and away. If someone in your family has the flu, be sure to use these helpful tips to make sure it doesn’t spread.
For some reason when the flu hits, it hits hard and almost every member of the family ends up with it. With these 10 tips maybe we can beat it away from our front door.