National Hand Washing Awareness Week is December 7th-13th

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The Power is in Your Hands

In the midst of the cold and flu season, you can take control of your own well-being and help protect those who live and work around you. By practicing a few, simple handwashing behaviors, you can decrease the risk of contracting and spreading respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses – like H1N1 and the seasonal flu.

Keep Germs Out

Germs enter your body through direct contamination of the eyes, nose and mouth… at the hands of your own hands! Frequent handwashing is one sure way to safeguard against illness. Another way to battle germs is through flu vaccinations which help lower your reaction to viruses. Talk to your Healthcare professional about a plan to keep you and your family healthy this winter.

Four Simple Steps to Stop Germs from Spreading:

• Wash your hands frequently: before you eat and when they’re dirty
• Do NOT cough into your hands
• Do NOT sneeze into your hands
• Do NOT touch your nose, eyes, or mouth with your hands – instead, use a clean tissue when touching these areas of your face

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Happy Hand Washing Week!!

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10 Things to Know about the Flu and Flu Shots

iStock_000005196893XSmallIt’s safe to say that flu season is here or at the least well on its way. There are varying schools of thought about flu shots and preparation, so this post will offer some facts about the flu and flu shots not generally known. The purpose is for you to make an informed decision.

  1. If you are going to have a flu shot, then autumn is the best time to get one. Most medical experts believe the earlier you get it the better you will fare during flu season.
  2. Children under 6 months of age cannot have flu shots, so it is up to adult caregivers to get them.
  3. Children 6 months of age and older have two vaccination options:  The inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine that is best for children with pre-existing medical conditions and attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine that is sprayed into the nostrils.
  4. If you or anyone in your household, especially small children are allergic to eggs, consult with your physician before getting a flu shot.
  5. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
  6. The flu is infectious up to one day before symptoms appear and up to 7 days (sometimes more) after becoming sick.
  7. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
  8. The CDC states, “Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States.”
  9. The CDC states, “Influenza type C infections cause a mild respiratory illness and are not thought to cause epidemics.”
  10. Preach and teach keeping hands and surfaces germ-free by keeping them clean, sanitized and disinfected.

All of this information came from the CDC and can be found here. And like most medical information, it is best to have a physician’s consultation before doing anything.

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Preparing Your Home for Flu Season

High feverMost of us focus on flu season, well, when someone in our home becomes ill. There are precautions to take and preparations to make in our homes in anticipation of the season as it approaches. Here are a few tips that can make a difference.

  1. Stock up on various sizes of hand sanitizers, especially alcohol-based hand rubs. Keep them in every room and pack them in purses, book bags, and the car. The point is to get your crew accustomed to keeping their hands clean.
  2. Incorporate disinfectants into your cleaning routine and supplies. There are “green” products that are effective and some that are not, so be mindful.  Keep a disinfectant handy in the bathroom and kitchen to clean off surfaces affected by germs at all times. The CDC suggests, “Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza A virus.”
  3. Keep your cleaning tools such as mops and cloths sanitized and clean before every use and after every use. Replace sponge heads on mops when possible. Rinsing in hot water helps kill germs.
  4. Keep tissues, soap and disposable hand towels in the bathroom. If you use cloth towels, remember that they spread germs and wash them frequently.
  5. Sanitize and disinfect technology. Your telephone (cells included), computer keyboards and the remote control carry germs. Purchase keyboard covers made of a washable material.
  6. If you have a visitor that has had the flu or a cold and who is coughing or sneezing, remove your children to another room during the visit, and disinfect after they leave.
  7. Humidify your home and keep the humidifier’s filters clean.

Need more tips? Visit the CDC’s website or Homesessive.com for more information.

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