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Short of keeping your entire family in isolation through the winter months, it’s nearly impossible to avoid contact with someone who has the flu. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it. Below are some suggestions to help your child avoid the flu this winter.

Sterilise your environment

One of the simplest, yet often overlooked, ways of keeping your children and your family healthy is to keep your daily environments clean. This might not always be possible: not everyone takes a scrubbing brush to their child’s school, or has the chance to sterilise their bathroom after every shower. But keeping a check on the basic environments can ensure your children aren’t sitting in germ-filled environments. It might also keep their classmates healthier as well, which can’t hurt. For advice on cleaning, check out a company like AMC Commercial Cleaning and get the environment working for your family.

Get the flu vaccination

There are a lot of arguments against the flu vaccination, but ultimately, its job is to protect the majority against the most likely strains of flu that year. It is not fail-safe, and you can get a few uncomfortable reactions, but for most people, it is by far a better alternative than the flu. It is also a relatively low-cost option for your best flu-prevention strategy, so talk with your family doctor about getting your children (and yourself) jabbed.

Reinforce the importance of washing hands

Children are forgetful – they can be easily distracted, and tend to focus on one thing only at a time. This means that little tasks like washing hands can be easily ignored. Take some time before flu season hits to remind your child about the importance of washing hands – teach them how to do it properly with warm water and soap, and remind them to do it often at school and at home.

Practice preventative health

Keep your child fed up on healthy, nutritious food, and keep them active coming up to and during the winter months. Just by feeding them well well and keeping them fit, you are giving your child the best shot at a healthy immune system. By staying active, their body will be able to fight off infection more easily, and they will feel better if they aren’t eating junk food. If they do happen to catch the flu, keeping them fed with healthy food will help their body fight back quickly.

Put them to bed

Getting enough sleep (seven to nine hours each night) is absolutely vital to giving your body a fighting chance against the flu. Ensure your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour and can get enough sleep each night. As soon as they don’t get enough rest, their body becomes run down and more susceptible to illness. So tuck them in, read them a bedtime story, and help keep them rested.

What is your go-to activity to help your family avoid the flu? Share your tips in the comments.

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