I’ve already heard of ten cases at our Mother’s Day Out program (five of which are in my kids’ classes!) and I’m seriously going crazy waiting for symptoms. I really don’t want my kiddos (or myself!) to get it!
I already had a doctor’s appointment this morning (calm down, it was just a check-up) so I asked him what we can do to help keep ourselves flu-free. I thought I’d share what he told me with you guys!*
Get a Flu Shot
This is kind of a given. He said that the flu shot doesn’t prevent you from getting the flu, it will just shorten the days you have it/lessen the severity of the flu.
Avoid Contact With Folks that Have the Flu
This is also a “no-duh” kind of tip. But still, just stay away from people who have the flu. No point in exposing yourself (and everyone under your roof) to that.
Wash Your Hands!
Again, DUH! But this isn’t just for you, this is for your kiddos too. Make them wash their hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing with toys at the store/daycare/school/doctor’s office, and after petting animals. There’s also a great hand sanitizer that’s alcohol-free (and safe for littles) that I keep on me all the time for the kiddos!
Take A Multivitamin
Taking a vitamin with Vitamin-C, B-vitamins, and elderberry can help your immune system. In fact, elderberry has been show to help reduce the severity of the flu as well as help prevent catching it! (The kiddos and I have been taking these!)
If You Have Young Kids, Clean Their Toys at the End of the Day, Everyday (And Wipe Down Doorknobs With Clorox Wipes)
Little Ones put everything in their mouths. The doctor said its important to make sure their toys are sanitized because of that reason. Especially if that kiddo attends daycare. Also, we all touch hundreds of surfaces a day. Be sure to clean the door handles around the house to get rid of any germs that may be sticking to them.
Now, let’s all spray ourselves with Lysol and pray we don’t get the flu!
*I’m not a doctor. This is in NO way me saying “avoid going to the doctor because this is what MY doc said”. If you think you’re getting sick AT ALL, go see your primary care physician. Also, do not follow any of these tips unless you check with your provider FIRST.