In my last blog we discussed “Hand Hygiene for Kids”. The importance of good hand washing practices for kids as well as adults can’t be understated. Good hand washing practices is just 1 preventative measure in stopping the spread of germs that may lead to flu.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says, the first CDC influenza report of the season shows that activity in the United States is low right now, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected when flu season begins. Everyone 6 months and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Ample supplies of influenza vaccine are now available.
Obviously, getting the flu vaccine is a big step in prevention. The CDC has some other action steps that are important as well:
- 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.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you 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 without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
For more information about the flu (seasonal influenza) visit the cdc.org or flu.gov.