Colds, gastroenteritis (stomach virus) and influenza are prevalent in the cold months. The best prevention for influenza for everyone is a flu shot, but you can teach your children how to avoid germs by using these five tips:
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or your shirt – not in your hand or not covering your mouth and nose at all.
- If you inadvertently do cough into your hand, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before you touch anything, including yourself.
- Throw used tissues in the trash immediately. Don’t leave them lying around.
- Don’t eat or drink after others. (Wash dishes in the dishwasher when possible or in hot water in the sink.)
- Put hand sanitizer where kids can reach it and let them use it liberally. It’s inexpensive; they like to use it and it keeps their little hands clean.
Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about flu or any health condition, even if you’ve never been a patient at Western Baptist. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.