Some folks seem to love to prepare for emergencies.
Here in the New York Metro area folks are darting around getting water, batteries, and in my case lots of chocolate, so that they’ll be ready for whatever Hurricane Sandy as in store for us. You can’t believe the lines at the supermarket.
This morning there was also a long line at the pharmacy, where Senior Citizens were getting free flu shots.
Gotta love those older, wiser Americans. They recognize that the flu can be devastating to their health, and that a little prevention — like a flu vaccine-– goes a long way.
Get Your Au Pair a Flu Shot
Every year around this time we have a post about getting your Au Pair a flu shot. We’ve discussed what we can and can’t ask them to do, how to make it easy, how to be a role model by getting our own flu shots, and most importantntly we’ve discussed WHY we should all get flu shots. The flu can kill people — little people like children, grown up people like Senoirs, and even strong healthy dudes like by DH.
We’ve also got posts from previous years, with everyone’s comments to consider:
Go get your flu shot
Take your Au Pair to Target, CVS, Walgreens, your local health clinic, wherever, to get her or him a flu shot.
Influenza is one of those threats that we can actually prepare for and even prevent. Plus, as you all know, you get to go out for ice cream after getting a shot. So go do it.
Tips from EveryDay Health on Minimizing Germs At Home:
- Know the duration of colds. If someone in your home gets a cold or flu virus, you should know that they can shelter the virus for one day before getting sick and for up to seven days after getting sick. During that time, designate a special part of the house for the sick person, such as an extra bedroom or the comfiest couch in the living room, to keep them from contaminating other parts of the house.
- Beware of sharing. Don’t share cups, glasses, plates, and utensils that can pass germs from one family member to another. Clean everything in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher. Don’t leave anything lying around the house.
- Clean surfaces. Wipe down surfaces with a clean, disposable paper towel instead of a sponge, and then throw out the towel. Pay special attention to bedside tables, bathroom counters, faucet handles, and kitchen counters. Read labels on cleaning products. To use the word “sanitize” a product must kill more than 99 percent of specified bacteria within 30 seconds.
- Keep plenty of tissues available around the house. Teach your children to use tissues for sneezing, coughing, and nose blowing. Make sure tissues are thrown out directly into the trash after using them.
- Teach kids proper hand-washing. Make sure your bathrooms have soap. Wash hands in soapy water for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Between washings, avoid touching your hands to your face. Set out paper towels instead of cloth towels for hand-drying in your kitchen and bathrooms.
- Offer hand sanitizers. Distribute hand sanitizers around the house. Make sure your hand sanitizer contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Spray the hand sanitizer into the hands and rub hands together until they are dry.