Throughout New England, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to walk into a pharmacy without seeing sign for a free flu shot.
Do you see your doctor during the fall and winter months? If so, chances are you’re getting the same advice. Still, some of us resist with some pretty tired logic (if you don’t mind us saying so): “Why should I start now; I couldn’t tell ya’ the last time I had the flu!”
You should start now because you don’t want to experience that “next time” a flu virus might invade your system. Nor do you want to be on the giving or receiving end of a flu virus among family members.
So, for all the right reasons, Correct Temp is lending our voice to the chorus already urging you to full-proof your home. Here’s how:
According to health experts there’s no better way to halt the spread of the flu virus than getting yourself vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older who hasn’t had a previous bad reaction or doesn’t have egg or mercury allergies get vaccinated.
While your vaccine will not give you the flu, it could result in side effects like fever, chills, and muscle soreness. The symptoms usually are mild and disappear quickly. Talk to your doctor to ensure you’re a good candidate for a flu shot and to address any concerns you might have.
Wash your hands often
Rinsing with cool water doesn’t count. If you really want to stop spreading the flu, wash your hands as follows:
- Run warm water over your hands.
- Add soap.
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse and dry.
Stock up on alcohol-based hand sanitizers when you’re out and about and sinks aren’t available.
Keep Your Home Squeaky Clean
Flu germs and viruses have their own favorite hiding places. Unfortunately, most of them are items you touch every day. We’re talking about cutting boards, faucets, cabinets handles, countertops, door knobs, and more.
If a family member is sick, be careful when washing their things. Wash dishes and silverware thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher. Wash their clothes using laundry soap and dry them on a hot setting. Always wash your hands immediately after handling dirty laundry.
Practice Healthy Habits
A healthy lifestyle works wonders in keep the flu at bay. Following these steps will serve you well:
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Eat well, with lots of vegetables and fruits.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Exercise regularly.
- Manage your stress.
Since flu and other viruses are airborne, a healthy house includes a way to clean your indoor air and keep it clean. That’s where Correct Temp can help with a whole-house air filter or UV lamp system. While they kill germs, bacteria and viruses in different ways, these and other air quality products are highly effective in maintaining higher quality air throughout your home. Contact us today for more information or to request a free in-home proposal.