5 tips to staying well during flu season

If your children are in school, then you know they can bring home illnesses as often as they do homework. So, how can you help your child stay well during flu season?

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: 

 

  1. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or your shirt – not in your hand or not covering your mouth and nose at all.
  2. If you inadvertently do cough into your hand, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before you touch anything, including yourself.
  3. Throw used tissues in the trash immediately. Don’t leave them lying around.
  4. Don’t eat or drink after others. (Wash dishes in the dishwasher when possible or in hot water in the sink.)
  5. 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.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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