Don’t get me wrong…I love this time of year! Cooler temperatures, hot chocolate, Colts football…It’s great!
What I don’t love is the coughing and sneezing and runny nose wiping (yuck!). How can we keep from getting all those nasty viruses?
The short list:
- Get a flu vaccine
- Make sure everyone in your family gets a flu vaccine too (children younger than 6 months can’t be vaccinated, so they count on everyone around them to get protected)
- Wash your hands often
- Keep your hands away from your face
- Teach everyone to cough or sneeze into their sleeve or a tissue, not into the air around them
- Stay away from people who are sick
The bare essentials of washing your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water
- Lather the soap on your hands by rubbing them together, making sure you lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song)
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or paper towels
Staying healthy is so much easier than being sick!
Keep Your Kids Safe-Get Them Vaccinated Every Fall or Winter!
Handwashing Materials from the CDC
Betsey Thompson MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
at Hendricks Regional Health