Cold and Flu Prevention
How to avoid catching a cold or the flu this winter | NHGWhen the seasons are changing from autumn to winter, it’s inevitable that you’re going to catch a cold, or even the flu, at some point.
If the colder temperatures don’t make you wind up with a cold, the spread of germs from your friends, family or colleagues, who’ve got a cold, mean that it’s only a matter of time before you catch one too.
Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help make sure you avoid getting a cold or, even worse, the flu this year, including these measures:
Clean your surfaces
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces will help kill any germs that may be present in your home and avoid them from spreading.
While you should make sure you keep all of your surfaces clean, pay particular attention to places that are frequently touched and use cleaning products, such as disinfectant sprays and wipes to make sure you’re killing and not just simply spreading bacteria around. (Check out our range of professional cleaning products).
And your hands
Yes, it’s a basic action, but it’s one that should never be overlooked, no matter how much of a rush you’re in. Our hands can harbour lots of hidden germs, so always make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water, especially if you’ve just been to the bathroom. (For best practice advice on washing your hands, including how long you should wash them for and how to make sure they’re squeaky clean, read our blog ‘5 reasons why you should never skip handwashing.’)
Keep your germs to yourself
If you’ve got a cough or need to sneeze, then make sure you cover your mouth with your hands and/or a tissue, which will help prevent the spread of germs. Always remember to put used tissues in the bin straightaway too.
Get the flu jab
While it has tended to have mainly been reserved for the over 65s, the NHS is on a widespread offensive to encourage more people, of all ages, to get vaccinated against flu this year. More than 20 million people are thought to be eligible to receive a free flu vaccination, including children, pensioners and health workers, to help reduce the spread of infection to vulnerable residents.
You may have already been notified about it and have had your jab or booked yours in. If not, you may feel that you’d like to look into it. For more details, contact your local GP.
Steer clear of people who have a cold/the flu
Obviously, this can be difficult in the workplace and if you have poorly family members but, if you can, try to avoid coming into contact with people who are sick / displaying flu symptoms. If there’s somebody at home who’s poorly, try to keep them away from others as much as possible and immediately bin their tissues and other disposable items. Also make sure they’re washing their hands regularly too.
We hope you’ve found these pointers useful. They’re just some of things you can start putting into practice right away to help you keep colds and the flu at bay this year.