The weather’s getting chillier and the leaves are coming off the trees, and moms know what that means – flu season is here. Every day brings the worry that our kids will wake up with the classic fever, chills, body aches and sore throat that signals long days of feeling miserable.
But there are smart steps we can take to ward off the flu, and Tia Mowry wants to educate her fellow moms about them.
The mother of young Cree has joined Clorox’s “Say “Boo!” to the Flu” campaign (in tandem with the Visiting Nurses Associations of America and Families Fighting Flu), which educates parents on how to keep themselves and their families healthier during this prime sickness season.
One of the most important things you can do to ward off illness – and something we busy moms often forget – is to clean and disinfect commonly touched household surfaces. That includes not only tabletops, kitchen counters and high-chair trays, but also doorknobs, light switches, phones, keyboards and faucets.
Here are some other tips from Tia and the experts:
Wash, wash, wash your hands. Hand-to-surface contact is one of the easiest ways to spread germs. Scrub with warm water and soap for 20 seconds; teach your kids to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to help them remember.
Cough like a vampire. Instead of using your hands, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow (think Dracula behind his cape).
Take care of yourself. Eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly will help keep your immune system strong and better able to fight off viruses.
Get vaccinated. An annual flu shot will protect you and your family from contracting the illness.
By following these simple steps, you can help “scare off” the flu and keep your holidays fun!
For more information, visit SayBoototheFlu.com.
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