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The flu virus can affect anybody, even those who lead very healthy lifestyles. This is especially true during peak influenza season, which is typically between the months of December to February and May to July in Singapore.
This virus travels through the air, and may be transmitted from person to person directly by simply inhaling droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. You can also pick up germs from shared objects or in public places.
Common flu symptoms
Symptoms of the flu are usually quick to manifest. These include:
- High fever and chills
- A cough accompanied by a sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Nasal congestion and sneezing
- Fatigue and a feeling of weakness
Because it is highly contagious, flu prevention is very important. Mums and dads must take measures to protect your children and yourselves from it. Here are 10 tips for effective flu prevention in your family.
10 tips to protect your family against the flu
1. Keep hand sanitiser handy
There will be times when hand washing is just not possible. For situations like these, make sure to keep a small bottle of alcohol or hand sanitiser with you. This gives you a quick and easy way to rid hands of germs.
Remember that this is merely a temporary solution, and that you should still wash your hands as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
2. Cover noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing
To prevent a virus from spreading among people at home or in school, you should teach your children to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue or handkerchief whenever they cough or sneeze.
Also encourage each family member to wash hands after coughing or sneezing to make sure that any germs that might have landed there are removed.
3. Clean and disinfect your home regularly
Keeping the environment you live in clean and germ-free is also a crucial step in flu prevention. Just as choosing antibacterial hand and body soap is important, selecting germ-fighting cleaning products for your home makes the disinfecting process more effective.
4. Stay away from crowded areas whenever possible
During peak flu season, staying away from crowds can do a lot in terms of flu prevention for your family. While it is impossible to completely avoid schools or grocery stores, you can choose to limit your visits to places like public play areas and movie theatres.
The less your family comes into contact with people who have the flu, the smaller chance you have of catching the virus.
5. Keep family members who are feeling unwell at home
When any member of you family feels sick, you should make sure that they stay at home. This not only allows them to rest and recover, but also prevents them from further spreading the virus around.
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