For many people fall season means fun and festivities. It’s important to remember that these months also bring nasty germs and bacteria with it. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to keep you and your loved one well during this flu season. Here are a few tips to help you steer clear of sickness during this time of the year.
Get the flu shot. The flu shot is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the flu. Make sure you and your loved one get the flu shot as early as September. This will help you prevent any flu-related health problems throughout the flu season. For more information visit our Fighting the Flu page.
Keep a germ-free house. Flu germs and viruses love to lurk on kitchen sponges, dishcloths, cutting boards, bathroom and kitchen floors, sinks, and toilets. Clean and disinfect these hot spots regularly. You can microwave your kitchen sponge for one minute to kill germs — or better yet, throw it out.
Be prepared. Keep a sick day plan up-to-date for your loved one. If your loved one gets sick you’ll know what to do. This will help you avoid serious health problems that can lead to unnecessary visits to the hospital. Make sure to have the doctor review and update the sick day plan at your next appointment.
Keep an emergency kit handy. Make sure your first aid kit has everything you need for an emergency. It is also a good idea to add common over-the-counter medicines that are needed this time of the year. This can help save you trips to the pharmacy. Here are a few other things to have handy to survive cold and flu season:
Take Care of yourself first. It’s difficult to take care of others if you’re not looking after yourself as well. So take care of yourself the way you take care of others! If you're stressed out, overtired, or otherwise run down your immune defenses won’t be able to fight off those germs. Make sure to eat well, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and keep on top of any existing health conditions you may already be experiencing.