It’s hard to believe that it is already the end of November, and it’s even harder to believe that cold and flu season is here. Just like we prepare for the winter weather that is inevitably in our future, it is important that we plan and take preventive actions now to help us stay healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot as the first step we should all take to reduce our chances of coming down with the flu. The agency also recommends taking everyday measures, like practicing good hand hygiene and disinfecting and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Hand Hygiene – An Important Step in Flu Prevention
Hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can all take to help us stay healthy and well. Practicing good hand hygiene, which includes either handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, is an important component to helping us stay healthy.
It is important to remember to either wash or sanitize your hands at key moments throughout the day. These moments include:
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after eating
- After riding the school bus
- After sneezing or coughing
- After shaking hands or giving high fives
Don’t Forget to Disinfect and Clean Surfaces
From doorknobs, to kitchen counters, to gym equipment, to shared electronics, germs that can cause illness are easily transferred from one person to the next via the surfaces and objects we touch. This is why it is important to clean and disinfect both hard and soft surfaces frequently, as well as objects such computer keyboards and shared toys. Be sure to use a product designed to quickly kill the cold and flu viruses, like PURELL® Surface Spray.
For more information on preventive measures we can all take this winter-germ season, go to either PURELL.com or GOJO.com