Steps parents can take to prevent the flu


With the widespread occurrence of influenza this year, prevention is on the mind of many parents. The CDC says prevention starts at home.

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw it away immediately. Never re-use tissues.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you're sick.

Flu germs can live on some surfaces for up to 24 hours, so routine cleaning is vital. Disinfect surfaces that may harbor germs, including door knobs, remotes, phones and tablets, kitchen chairs, counters and faucets.

Even if you're not feeling sick, you can infect others with the flu for a full day before any symptoms develop. Practicing prevention is key.