Flu Season Is Deadly This Year, Here's How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Kids

Flu Season Is Deadly This Year, Here's How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Kids

Take extra precaution this year!

You make think flu season is coming to an end, but the reality is we've got about three more months of it. This year the flu has been making headlines for its strength and sadly, several people have lost their lives. We can never be too careful when it comes to our health or the health of our kids. Here are some simple tips to protect your family from the flu.

Get vaccinated

This is officially the best way to avoid the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website, "Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community." The vaccine can also greatly reduce symptoms should you get the flu.

Wash your hands

Every time you enter the house from outside you and your children should wash your hands before doing anything else. This will stop germs from entering your home. It's also a good idea to carry hand sanitizer with you if a sink and soap are not available. I like to use this after rides on the bus or subway.

Cover your mouth and nose

It's good to instill these habits in your kids early on. When they sneeze or cough encourage them to do so into their elbow, not their hand. This will help prevent the spread of germs in your home or to another person, say a little sibling.

Practice prevention

Maintaining healthy habits all year long is a great way to avoid getting the flu. Good diet and exercise are key, as well as cleaning and disinfecting your home often. If your worried about chemicals, check out this article with great tips on how to clean your home and stay green, too!

Keep your kids home when they're sick

Same goes for you too, parents! If you're sick, the best thing to do is stay home, rest, and get better. It's too dangerous to go to work or school and pass your illness on to someone else. The CDC says, "If you are sick with flu symptoms...stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)" I know parents often struggle with taking days off, but take that sick day if your sick, that's what it's there for!

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