As an elder care provider in the Boston area, we are concerned about the flu. It’s that time of year again. We’ve had many home care clients, caregivers, and families asking us how to prevent and avoid the flu.
There are some great ideas on the CDC website: CDC Flu Website
and on the Health and Human Services website: Health and Human Services Flu.Gov
Here’s another approach to avoiding the flu (video is from the Dept. of Health and Human Services contest for a public service announcement to raise flu awareness) :
Obviously, the flu is no joke, even if the PSA is humorous.
According to the CDC:
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, face masks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
North River Home Care provides elderly in home care in the Boston area. If your loved one needs assistance, please give us a call at 781-659-1366.