Cold and flu prevention
Helping to protect your family from the germs that cause colds and flu can be easier than you think, from teaching kids how to hand wash to disinfecting surfaces
Prevent cold and flu
Good hygiene can help stop cold and flu viruses spreading around your home and making you and your family unwell:
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help kill the germs on your hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, especially the surfaces that people often touch with their hands, eg: door handles, taps and bench tops
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Put your used tissues in the bin and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards
In addition, take these steps to help you prevent cold:
- If you or someone you care for is in one of the 'at risk groups', talk to your GP for further information
- Avoid close contact with people who have had a cold or the flu
- Since colds and flu can spread via hands and surfaces, good hygiene is essential.
- During flu season, it is also important to make sure you follow the latest government advice
Tips to help prevent cold and flu in children:
- Wash your hands: teach your children how to hand wash after coughing and sneezing, and after touching dirty tissues. Make sure they understand importance of washing their hands before handling food, after going to the toilet and after playing outside.
- Cover coughs and sneezes: show children how to use a tissue to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. Teach them to put their used tissues in the bin and to wash their hands afterwards.
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces: it’s vital that you clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, especially the surfaces that people often touch with their hands, such as taps, handles and bench tops
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