How to stop influenza from invading your home

No one likes to get the flu or influenza, and the last thing anyone wants is a mini influenza pandemic...

No one likes to get the flu or influenza, and the last thing anyone wants is a mini influenza pandemic in their home. This is especially true if there are high-risk people such as elderly or young children in the house. Living in a city, such as Atlanta means there is a higher risk of contracting the flu and spreading it to your loved ones.

Prevention is the key to keeping everyone you know away from the flu. These tips should help reduce your chances of getting sick and spreading it at home.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Use warm, soapy water to wash your hands when it is convenient, even if you do not think you have touched many things. In case you cannot wash your hands often, keep a small container of hand sanitizer nearby. If you are worried about drying out your hands, especially in the colder weather, invest in a small bottle of hand lotion.
  • Always keep tissues handy . The tissues are for people around you as much as it is for your own use. Use them to cover your mouth briefly if you see someone coughing or sneezing. If you know the person, offer him or her a tissue.
  • Do not touch your face without cleaning your hands first. This is one of the fastest ways people get sick.
  • Keep your distance from anyone you suspect is sick.
  • Get yourself and any elderly or young children in your home appointments for the flu shot as early in the season as possible. Although the flu shot does not prevent all types of flu, it should be enough to keep you safe from the most common types that are around that year.

If you do somehow end up sick, try to stay home and avoid others as much as possible. Although it may be a tempting time to seek out a few cuddles, you might be better off hugging a pillow -- at least for the first 24 to 38 hours! As always, if you think you may be coming down with the flu, call your regular doctor in Atlanta, who may be able to prescribe antiviral medications to ease your symptoms and help fight the virus.

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