It's that time of year - Flu Season! Here are a few suggestions to keep your family healthy and avoid excessive missed school or workdays.
Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. A person also can get flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.
To reduce your risk of contracting the flu virus, the CDC recommends everyone 6-months and older receive their flu vaccine annually. This is particularly important for children who may have other health issues, for the elderly and for caregivers.
Other practical recommendations include:
- Wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water. If you are unable to wash your hands, then using a hand sanitizer is a good second choice.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and use disposable tissues, then wash or sanitize your hands.
- Stay well hydrated and stay active. Drinking plenty of water and participating regularly in moderate exercise are both excellent ways to boost the immune system.
- Maintain a healthy diet, eating whole foods with plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables.
- If you have a fever, stay home. You are most contagious when you are with a fever, so stay home, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
- Children should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
For additional information on remaining healthy during flu season, click here to visit the CDC Flu Resouce Center.