5 Ways to Prevent the Flu in Your Home
By Virginia Laird
It is this time of year that families begin to do all they can to fight off the flu. Some parents turn to the flu vaccine to help prevent the virus from taking a toll on their family. While it can be beneficial, there are plenty who prefer to opt out of the flu shot. Even healthcare providers admit there is little that can be done to completely avoid falling ill with the flu. However, there are a few things you can do to help prevent the spread of these germs throughout your home, including:
- Clean the surfaces of your home daily
- Keep your bedding clean
- Wash your face daily
- Keep your hands clean
- Get plenty of sleep
Clean the Surfaces of Your Home Daily
Healthcare experts suggest that you clean the various surfaces of your home on a daily basis to help eliminate the flu germs from your home. Although this sounds like quite the undertaking, a simple wipe of these areas with a sanitizing wipe can be enough to get these germs gone.
Keep Your Bedding Clean
One of the areas in your home where germs can collect is your bed. Sitting on the bed in clothing you have worn out and about, or laying on your bed without bathing, are ways to bring germs to your bed. Rather than allowing these germs to breed where you sleep, make sure you are washing your bedding often.
Wash Your Face Daily
Throughout the day, you are likely to encounter a great many germs. According to research, many germs that enter your body do so through the nose and mouth. For this reason it is imperative that you wash your face daily. Washing your face helps to remove germs that may be lingering.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Routine hand washing is another way to help keep germs from spreading throughout your home. There is evidence to support the claim that washing your hands fewer than seven times each day is not enough. Start making sure you are washing often enough to keep the germs at bay, especially during flu season.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep plays a factor in the health and wellness of everyone. The immune system needs sleep to rebuild after a long day of fighting off germs. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of sleep each night. However, there are many who benefit from much more than that. Start tonight making sleep a top priority.
Adding these five healthy habits to your daily regimen can help keep you well this flu season.
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