After the sparkle of the holiday season has flickered out and the decorations are put away, then begins the “flu season”. With so many gatherings with friends and loved ones, there is the seemingly inevitable spread of various colds and flu germs. You are not destined to get sick though.
There are several critical things that can be done to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs. The Center for Disease Control is a reliable resource for prevention tips to keep yourself and those around you healthy this time of year.
They advise 3 actions to help fight the spread of germs.
- Get the flu vaccine
- If you show signs of the flu, seek treatment early
- Practice preventive actions to decrease the spread of germs
Here are their everyday preventive tips that will go a long way to keeping everyone as healthy as possible:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
The following link offers a wealth of information to keep yourself and those you love healthy: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm