5 Tips for Preventing the Flu at Your House This Year


With 3 million influenza cases every yearpreventing the flu in your home can sometimes feel like a full-time job. 

Your kids are exposed to this contagious virus on a daily basis. How you can help prevent them from getting sick, especially during the harsh winter months?

1. Get a Flu Vaccine

The first step to preventing the flu is to get a vaccine. These are especially recommended for young children and older adults who are more at risk for contracting influenza this year. 

2. Sanitize Frequently Touched Objects

The key to avoiding the flu is to stop the spread of germs. The first thing you’ll want to do is to clean and sanitize common household objects. 

With millions of antibodies in your bloodstream, a single germ won’t stand a chance. However, if the influenza virus is left unchecked, it can grow and become much stronger. That’s usually when families start feeling sick. 

Wiping down doorknobs, washing your hands with soap and routinely cleaning toys will help keep the virus in check. 

3. Avoid Touching the Face

We know that your baby has the cutest cheeks and nose in the world. However, you must resist touching them too much during the flu season. The flu virus can only enter in the body in a few ways, including through the eyes, mouth and nose. 

Avoiding contact with the face puts you and your children at a lower risk of getting the flu. Remember — a healthy baby is a happy baby. 

4. Stay Hydrated

Third, it’s important to stay hydrated. Water has hundreds of benefits when it comes to our health. It helps cleanse our bodies from toxins and germs.  The more hydrated you are, the easier it will be for your liver and spleen to filter out foreign agents.  

A second advantage is that it can help you to feel more energized, which keeps you moving — two key actions that help prevent the flu. Lastly, drinking water and juices also aids your body in clearing out your respiratory tract. 

5. Be Optimistic

Did you know having a positive attitude actually helps you stay healthier? In fact, people who sleep more and have an upbeat attitude tend to have more antibodies than those who don’t. 

With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to ignore other prevention steps that take time out of your day. However, staying positive is something you can try to do without any loss of time at all. Give it a try and let us know how you feel! 

Preventing the Flu in the Best Ways

Preventing the flu is not easy, but if you follow these five steps, you’ll have a much better chance of getting through the cold season unscathed. 

Want more tips to help your family out this winter? Call us! We’re always happy to address your questions.