Flu season is upon us once again. Something as simple as a cough or sneeze can spread the flu virus from one person to another. It’s an especially dangerous infection because people can be infected with the flu and not realize it for several days.
Families Fighting Flu, Visiting Nurse Associations of America, The Clorox Company, and Mom Central have teamed up to help families say “boo!” to the flu and have a healthier cold and flu season. This program was created to help educate families about the severity of the flu, and learn about vaccination and other prevention tips to help ‘scare’ the flu virus away.
It’s important to get your family vaccinated now, before flu season peaks, then follow these easy tips to keep the germs away:
- Sing & Scrub – Make sure kids wash their hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. That’s the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice. That will clean off any germs that they may unknowingly pick up throughout the day and keep them from passing them on.
- Do the Elbow Cough – Cough into elbows, not hands where it’s more likely to spread bacteria and viruses through touch.
- Disinfect Hot Spots – Disinfect the surfaces kids touch most frequently with disinfecting products. Top five hot spots: phone receivers, fridge/microwave/door handles, kitchen faucets, light switches, TV remotes
- Follow Good Health Guidelines – Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. That will help boost your immune system which is your body’s way of fighting off the effects of colds and flu.
Visit the saybootoflu.com to watch some helpful videos, search for a flu vaccination clinic that’s convenient for you, and learn about some creative ways to teach kids to wash away germs.