Although spring is officially here, influenza germs are still lingering and any member of your family could bring these unwanted contaminants into your home. This infection first presents with symptoms like those of the common cold, but they soon morph into congestion, fatigue, and fever that can keep you in bed for a week or more.
Luckily, there are a few key ways to keep flu contagions out of your home. As with any type of bacteria or virus, you want to ensure that every member of your family knows the best hygiene practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every time you wash your hands it should be for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Do this throughout the day and as soon as you come home to rinse off any lingering germs.
Another important flu prevention tip is to refrain from touching your face. The average person touches their face up to three times every hour in a public place, giving germs the perfect opportunity to enter your body through your nose and mouth. This tip is especially important for the little ones, who tend to grab anything they can in a public space and then touch their face immediately after.
Of course, the most important step in flu prevention is getting the annual vaccination. Influenza is the only respiratory virus is preventable with a vaccination. The flu vaccine prevented about 5 million flu illnesses during the 2015 to 2016 season alone and can do the same for your family. Be sure to get the vaccine every year, as the virus is always changing and can become resistant to the vaccine from the year before.
By putting these practices into action, you can help keep your entire family safe from the flu. Pass these tips on to friends and other family members as well so that you can build a healthy and flu-free community in your area.