The Gift of Good Health: Great Tips for Flu Prevention

The holidays should be memorable and enjoyable, not spent sick in bed.  According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity usually peaks in January or later.  Make sure your family is healthy and happy this holiday season by practicing the great tips below:

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The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get a vaccination every year, but practicing safe health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.  The following tips from the CDC website will also ensure a healthy and happy holiday season this year, so you can spend more time shopping, laughing and having a wonderful time with your family!

Avoid close contact.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.  If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.  You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  You can also cough into your elbow to prevent releasing germs into the air.  It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.  Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.  If you are someplace where you can’t use soap and water, an alcohol-based hand rub will work well.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  People touch surfaces all the time, such as grocery carts, counter tops, door knobs, sink faucets, etc… These things can be contaminated with germs and those germs can be transferred when a person touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice other good health habits.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

From the Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Agency family to your family, make this holiday season a happy, healthy and memorable one!