This season, My Brother’s Keeper has been diligently working to provide our readers with valuable information about the importance of attendance, education, and how to better assist your student in reaching their full potential. But what happens if you or your child catches the flu? This can result in both excused and unexcused absences, depending on the severity of the virus and how long it lasts. Absences can hinder your child’s ability to stay on track with their fellow students and develop critical learning skills. Follow these tips for preventing the flu to keep you and your student safe from the flu and present in school this season.
Tips for Preventing the Flu Virus From Taking Over
Preventing the flu virus takes action. The flu leads to miserable symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, chills, and body aches. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, the flu can be difficult to a difficult virus to avoid. However, the following tips will lessen your likelihood of contracting the flu:
- Avoid any and all individuals that you know who are infected with the flu, as the virus is incredibly contagious
- Wash your hands often, especially after touching your mouth, eyes, nose, or public surfaces
- Always use a tissue to cover your mouth when you feel a cough or sneeze coming on
- Wipe down hard surfaces, doorknobs, and countertops often with a disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria
- Increase your water intake to stay hydrated and healthy (8 cups of water daily or more)
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contribute to a balanced diet
- Increase your vitamin C intake to strengthen your immune system
- Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes
- If you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with salt water as needed
- If you have a stuffy nose, blow it as often as possible to remove germs
- Do your best to get a full 8 hours of sleep each night so that your body and immune system can grow stronger and healthier
- Get a flu vaccination
Need Help Preventing the Flu? Talk to My Brother’s Keeper
If you have questions about possible flu vaccinations, or ways to fight the flu this flu season, please contact My Brother’s Keeper. Especially during the flu season, our organization partners with healthcare providers serving 21229 communities. We may be able to help you to receive a flu vaccination or further health care assistance through our social services.
To learn more about how to help or to find out more about our services including addiction treatment referrals, prescription assistance, hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.