Whenever cold and flu season approaches, families begin to think about how they can protect themselves against common germs that usually inhabit our daily environments. At work, at school and during play activities, your family can be exposed to a variety of different types of bacteria and viruses. The human immune system is able to fight many of these germs, but not of them and not at all times. You can implement an effective strategy for fighting germs if you follow these 4 tips.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Frequent hand washing is one of the most effective tools for preventing the spread of germs. Of course, adults and children will wash their hands after going to the bathroom, but they should also wash perform hand washing throughout the day to control the number of pathogens that are transmitted from person-to-person contacts and from surface-to-person contacts. Hand sanitizer that contains alcohol can also be used to effectively kill germs that cause colds and flu.
Disinfect Commonly Used Surfaces
Surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, countertops, TV remotes, smartphones, and the computer mouse should be disinfected regularly to reduce the amount of germs that grow on these objects. A solution of soap and water is as effective any expensive “disinfectant” cleaner. Kitchen and bathroom surfaces can be washed with a bleach solution for best germ elimination in these areas of the home.
Get an Annual Flu Shot
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting an annual flu shot for all children over the age of 6 months. The flu can be a serious risk for young children, leading to secondary infections and severe illness. If your child has an egg allergy or other health problem, you may have concerns about getting a flu shot. Your pediatrician can provide guidance on the matter. Adults in the family can receive their annual flu shot from their primary care physician, like Rural Health Services Consortium Inc.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Ensuring you are getting sufficient vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help to “prime” your immune system function to help you fight germs. If your child or another family member won’t eat vegetables or doesn’t like fruit, give them a multivitamin that will provide these nutrients on a daily basis.
If your family is like most, they will be exposed to a multitude of germs at work, at home and during other activities in an average day. A healthy immune system will help them to fight off the assault of bacteria and viruses effectively if you implement a few recommended strategies. Although, humans cannot fight all germs, these tips will give your family a fighting chance to stay healthy.