It’s getting to be that time of year. People are buying tissues in bulk in preparation, using hand sanitizer after every human interaction and eating cough drops like candy. That’s right, flu season is beginning. But don’t fret! The Red Cross is here to give you information on how to prevent the flu as well as best practices for caring for someone with the flu.
- The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of viruses
- All flus are viruses – meaning antibiotics will not help when you have the flu
- The flu virus spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes
Flu prevention begins with your daily good health habits such as eating a nutritious diet, drinking lots of water and exercising. These activities help your body maintain resistance against infection. Secondly, make sure you get your flu shot as soon as possible each year to give yourself the best chance of prevention. Finally, avoid contact with sick people and things they have touched and wash your hands frequently.
It’s important when someone in your household has the flu to designate one person as the caregiver. This way germs are not being spread around to multiple people. If you are the designated caregiver, make sure to keep everyone’s personal items separate, disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched by everyone and wear disposable gloves when coming in contact with bodily fluids.
You can find more information about the flu here and make sure you’re Red Cross Ready when it comes to the flu.