As we care for our client’s this time of year we notice that, as a result of many factors, their immune systems become compromised, making them more susceptible to the flu. Additionally, ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. Vickie Tew, Director of Nursing for Bayshore Home Care urges, “Everyone should consider getting the flu vaccination, especially seniors because of their increased risk. These tips from the CDC are a great reminder of how to prevent the spreading of germs to keep your family healthy this flu season.”
Here are 6 ways to prevent the flu from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. 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.
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