How To Protect Your Family Against Flu & Cold Season

It seems every time I log onto social media, someone is sharing how sick they are. And it’s been no different in my house this past week.

Trace came home Friday with a croupy sounding cough. I knew immediately that it wasn’t going to be a good weekend or week for that matter.  A notice came home with him, regarding the current outbreak of the flu, the Norovirus and other health issues people are battling.

Our family has not yet gotten our flu shots this year. They are backed up right now, which reminds me of the H1N1 debacle that happened a couple years ago here in Abbey.  

They say the first step toward battling influenza and sickness is to get the flu shot, which is so very important for monkey and daddy as both have compromised immune systems. However I am not sure how much stock I put into that. I don’t feel a flu shot is going to help.

Preventative Actions Toward Protecting Your Loved Ones From Getting Sick — Simply Take Care of Yourself

Wash your hands! — I cannot stress how extremely important this is.  Kids touch everything, and we as parents don’t realize that even in our own homes how many germs there are living in and around us, on counters, door knobs, bathrooms and so forth. I use a Lysol electronic soap dispenser. This actually makes it fun for my kids to wash their hands and keep the germs away.

Don’t take a sick child to school! — This one frustrates me because many parents don’t realize that by taking your child who is sick to school are spreading the risk of infection. In my son’s class over 10 kids were sick at the same time. Monkey is home this week until he gets better as we don’t want to make anyone else sick. That should be a rule of thumb.

Clip those finger nails and toe nails — Okay sounds nasty I know, but kids don’t realize and even some adults don’t realize how much bacteria gets under our nails. By clipping your nails and keeping them washed and clean, you reduce the risk of getting a cold.  Bacteria does not cause a virus but it can help prevent a cold.

Use Alcohol based gels, hand sanitizers and wipes — I put hand sanitizers in my kids backpacks for school. I love them because there is no need to wash their hands when on the go. Simply squirt the gel and rub the hands and fingers together. This is great for dirty fingers and for keeping germs at bay.

Stay out of public places — If there is an outbreak of the flu, try to stay away from malls, doctors offices, dentists, grocery stores and other areas where infections could be higher.  Hospitals are especially dangerous during a pandemic and even visiting someone can result in you coming home with a severe virus. So unless you need to, don’t go out.

When to Call A Doctor?

I suffer with Sinus and ear infections regularly. Bronchitis and Pneumonia are on the rise and are a clear indication of bacterial infections and that is when antibiotics may be needed. Here are some symptoms for when to call a doctor and that you may have a virus and not a cold.

  • Ear pain
  • Pain around your eyes, especially with a green nasal discharge
  • Shortness of breath or a persistent uncontrollable cough
  • Persistently coughing up green and yellow sputum
  • Fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius)

There are tons of interesting facts on how to stay healthy in flu season, learn ways to boost your immune system and keep yourself healthy with dietary prevention and taking better care of yourself.

How are you handling the cold and flu season? Are you staying healthy?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am not a doctor, and this article is a reflection of my opinion only. Thanks for reading.


  1. Kayla February 18, 2013 at 3:13 am

    This is SO important! Wish I would have read it earlier. The flu has already run rampant through my family. Ugh!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author February 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Sorry to hear that Kayla, hope you guys feel better soon! Having sick ones isn't nice πŸ™‚

  2. Danijela February 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I just hate flu season. I think that vitamins are really important here. That's why I try to use more fruits and vegetables. Nice tips!


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