Getting Real With Kathy Winn

I work in the healthcare field. I don’t provide health care, but I work on the administrative side. Still, I spend a lot of time in the field intermingling with those that are waiting to see their doctor for a check-up – or heaven forbid – got sick with the flu.

I don’t consider myself a full-blown germaphobe. After all I have two boys that I lovingly refer to as walking petri dishes. But I do get a little over-the-top cautious when cold and flu season comes around. Why? Because once it’s in the house, it’s in the house. Even though I follow the kids around disinfecting everything they touch, it always seems to spread from one person to the next. And then we are fighting over the humidifier, staying awake at night coughing (or worse), and using our body weight in tissues.

So in an effort to keep my community a little more cold/flu germ-free this season, I’m passing along the following information. The CDC says to take three actions to fight the flu:

  1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
  2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough of sneeze. Throw it in the trash after you use it. (Somehow my pant leg seems to entice my toddler more.)
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Let’s all hope we don’t get to this one.

Remember to keep the kids home from school if they are sick (and stay home from work, we really don’t want you here if you’re sick). And please disregard the grown woman walking around disinfecting everything you touch.

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Are you getting a flu shot for your kids this year? Have you had your flu shot?