Protecting your family from the germs that cause colds and flu can be easier than you think.
Cold and Flu Prevention
Good hygiene can help stop cold and flu viruses spreading around your home and making you and your family ill:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand santiser to help destroy the germs on your hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, especially the surfaces that people often touch with their hands (e.g. door handles, taps, work surfaces).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
- Put your used tissues in a bin and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
In addition, to help you avoid flu:
- If you or someone you care for is in one of these risk groups, talk to your GP about vaccination possibilities.
- Avoid close contact with people who have the flu.
Since colds and flu can spread via hands and surfaces, good hygiene is essential. And, during a flu epidemic, it is also important to make sure you follow the latest government advice.
Tips to Help Protect Children
- If your child has asthma, diabetes or another condition that makes them particularly susceptible to flu, they may need to be vaccinated. Contact your GP for advice.
- Wash your hands. Teach your children about the importance of washing their hands after coughing and sneezing, and after touching dirty tissues. Make sure they understand that they should wash their hands before handling food, after using the toilet and after playing outside.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Show children how to use a tissue to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. Teach them to put their used tissues in a bin and wash their hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces. Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, especially the surfaces that people often touch with their hands (e.g. handles, work surfaces).