I know it seems like H1N1 is all anyone every talks about anymore and here is yet another post about it!
I mentioned some prevention tips in October when I was feeling a little under the weather. I had a little bit of the sniffles but nothing ever came of it, praise the Lord! I also shared with you our decision on H1N1 at that time.
Well, not much has changed. We have decided that, for our family, we are not getting the vaccines. We stay home a lot and I have no littles in school or daycare so those were things we took into consideration as well. Just because this decision is right for our family doesn’t mean it is right for yours! You can find some links at the bottom that can help you make an informed decision for you and your family.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to vaccinate, prevention is key. We have not had H1N1 at our home, nor sickness of any kind yet. I attribute this to stepping up our hand-washing and extreme disinfecting of doorknobs and such. I do expect that H1N1 (or at least a cold) will appear in our household before long because it is the season but the following tips will help prevent the spread!
Tips to Stay Healthy
Good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of all flu viruses. Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) handy at work, home and in your car. It needs to be at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue out. Cough into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
Avoid large crowds of people where viruses can spread easily. Stay home when you are sick.
Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected.
These tips are courtesy of the Ontario Government and of course are just common sense!
Other Helpful Information
Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central and received a Mom Central gift pack to thank me for taking the time to participate however, as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.