As cold and flu season has begun it is important to remember to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from getting sick. Seniors and caregivers are among the most likely people to catch a sickness because of their weakened immune systems. There are a few things you can do to avoid getting a cold or the flu.
First, get a flu shot. This reduces the chances of getting the flu and it reduces how severe the illness might be if you or your loved one might get it. It also helps you reduce the chances of you getting sick and spreading it to another person.
Second, make sure to wash your hands often! Washing your hands is a great way to get rid of germs that cause the cold and flu. To go along with this, make sure to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Doing so makes it so germs can get into our body and cause us to get sick.
Third, keep your living space clean. Make sure that common spaces for germs are cleaned and disinfected often. Pay special attention to the kitchen and the bathroom. Also, sanitize your phone/cell phone. Any device or item that we carry with us everywhere we go is bound to get germs all over it so make sure to sanitize it on a regular basis.
And fourth, try to stay away from people that are sick. Sometimes that is much easier said than done; however, since that is an easy way for sickness to spread it is best to keep your distance and limit contact with someone who is already sick.