Flu Season Is Here! 8 Handy Prevention Tips! #mc

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MedImmune Specialty Care. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Yes flu season is here! Are you and your family ready? How do you keep your family healthy this time of the year? At least three out of five of my household gets the flu shot every year. These are the three who seem to be around kids and people the most. Besides the flu shot there are plenty of things we do and you can do with your family to stay on the healthy side this season. 
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Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to help prevent the spread of colds and the flu.

#1 Tissues- Everyone needs their own box at home and in their backpack or purse. Include a baggie with the to-go box so that they can toss in the yucky kleenex and dispose of quickly if no trash can is available.

#2 Rest- Take time to rest. This is a busy season and everyone is always going. Make time to rest.

#3 Cough & Sneeze - Teach the family to use a tissue to cough or sneeze into. If it isn't possible then use your sleeve. Hands touch everything so keep them away from your face.

#4 Wash those hands - Keep the hands clean and wash after you cough or sneeze on them. Avoid hands of those around you especially if they are sick.

#5 Get a flu shot - If you aren't sure you need one or why you should get one, ask your doctor.

#6 Keep things OUT OF YOUR MOUTH - Teach the kids to not put toys, pencils, fingers, etc in their mouth. This is an uphill battle but so important to do. This goes for adults, too! How many times a day do you put a pen cap by your mouth?

#7 Have a fever? STAY HOME! - This should be common sense but it is NOT! If you have a fever you can spread what you have to others! If you are running a fever you are more likely to pick up something else, too. Stay home and rest.

#8 Educate yourself- Check out Elizabeth Pantley's free ebooklet, "A Parent's Guide to Flu Season." and get even more useful tips this season. I was shocked to learn how long germs last on surfaces and how long you can infect a person once you are sick. The ebooklet is full of valuable information.

Prevention is the key to spreading around colds and flu. Several in my family have already had fall colds. Colds are going to happen but we can all teach and do things to help prevent getting infected. The flu shot is one of those prevention steps we can all do. Check out that ebooklet above because Elizabeth explains more about the shot and why we need it.

Do you have any flu and cold prevention tips? Please share them below! Stay healthy!

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