How to protect your family during cold and flu season

Nothing can disrupt a household quite like a nasty case of the flu. With flu season just around the corner, it’s important to keep your family safe from harmful viruses. Here are a few of our tips to keep everyone healthy and happy. 

1. Get vaccinated

The flu vaccine should be a part of your annual prevention routine. Since infants can’t receive the vaccine, it’s important that every member of your family who are at least 6 months old get vaccinated (this includes caregivers, too!). Visit the CDC to learn more about the flu vaccine. 

2. Rethink your hand-washing routine

It’s going to take more than just a few seconds under warm water to kill those germs. Teach your children a proper hand-washing technique, which means to scrub between fingers, under fingernails, and the back of your hands. While scrubbing, Sing Happy Birthday twice and then rinse. Make sure to buy an antibacterial soap that will get the job done!

3. Stock up on disinfecting products

It’s impossible to keep your entire house sterile but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to battle with germs and viruses. Grab a quality disinfectant like Lysol Spray (or disinfectant wipes if that’s more your thing). You’ll want to make sure you hit all of the hot spots – door handles, remotes, sinks, keyboards, railings, and counters. Don’t forget to add hand sanitizer to your bag so you can disinfect even when on-the-go. 

4. Add flu-fighting foods to your shopping list

Keep your immune system in fighting shape with a healthy, balanced meal full of nutrients. You’ll want to include essential vitamins in your dishes, like vitamin A (sweet potatoes, carrots), vitamin C (fruits), vitamin D (fish, eggs), vitamin E (nuts), and vitamin K (leafy greens). Check out our list of easy and healthy recipes the whole family will love. 

5. Catch some Zzz's

What’s one of the first things people tell you to do when you’re feeling sick? Get some rest. They aren’t lying! Sleep allows your body to repair itself and keeps your immune system on high alert while you’re awake. Now there is no excuse to skip on an afternoon nap. Make sure your school-aged children get plenty of sleep the night before they go to the classroom.

6. Refill that water bottle

Nothing good happens when you’re dehydrated. Keep your body and immune system in top form by getting your drink on. If you need a little reminder, here are 5 apps that will tell you it’s time to drink up. 

7. Enforce rules on visitors

If you’ve got a new baby in the house, you already know visitors will come knocking. Unfortunately, visitors bring a load of unwanted germs that could be harmful to your little one. Make sure visitors wash their hands before touching baby and if they feel a cold coming on, tell them to come back when they feel better. Learn more about RSV from the CDC.

8. Stay home

If you do end up getting sick, stay home! It’s the best way to prevent the spread of your illness. You should steer clear of others until you’ve gone 24-48 hours without a fever. 

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