How to Prepare for Flu Season

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flu seasonAlthough it’s possible to catch the flu any time of the year, an influenza season usually starts in October and lasts till May in North America and Europe. So, what to do if the virus knocks you or your family out? Is it possible to prepare for flu and colds? I’ll try to help you with some useful tips!

Be ready! Stocking up on supplies is the best way to get prepared for flu season. By this, I mean loading up on hand soap, sanitizer, paper towels and tissues. If you have kids, think about purchasing some distractions in case they get sick; coloring books, puzzles and DVDs are always a good idea. Also, stocking up on some easy to make foods for dinners and lunches is a must, especially if you get sick and need a few day to rest without cooking. You could also cook and freeze some meals in advance.

Medicine cabinet should be checked. Are you sure you have fever reducers, pain relievers and similar medications you usually take when fighting flu or colds? Check it and fill the cabinet in case something’s missing.

washing handsTake special care about hygiene. Of course you told your kids to wash their hands regularly, but when the flu season starts, make sure they really scrub their hands well. Be strict about washing your own hands, too! You could also set up a sanitizer station (a bottle of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) in every room. If someone, however, gets sick, instead of hand towels, use paper towels in the bathroom to lower the chance of swapping germs.

Have a plan for a rainy day. No matter what precautions you take, there’s still a chance you or someone in your family will get sick. What will you do if that happens? Are there urgent care facilities and walk in clinics in your area? Make sure you know where to go in case of emergency. And, what if you need some days off? Is there a possibility a family member or a friend could look after your kids if they get sick? Think about someone who would be willing to take your kids to a birthday party or a dance lesson in case you’re laid up in bed.

Finally, no matter if you’re trying to avoid a cold or flu or you’re recovering from it, it’s crucial to get enough sleep. This goes for your kids, too, so make sure they’re in their beds on time.

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