Cold and Flu Prevention Tips and Animation – Stay Healthy!
It’s getting colder and darker and as the temperature drops, the cold and flu season starts for many of us. Colds and the flu are easily spread especially among children as they touch surfaces so much and are in close contact with many other people at school, nursery or play groups. They are at high risk for infection and then often pass it on to the rest of the family.
As well as vaccination against flu, there are a few small steps that we can all take every day to help prevent the spread of the infection. Read the tips below and watch the animated video further down for advice.
Practice good health habits — such as keeping physically active, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.
Practice good hygiene habits — wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after caring for someone with cold or flu.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you are out and about and don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home. Children can touch surfaces up to 300 times in just 30 minutes which heightens the risk of infection.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose and throw the tissues in the bin. Always wash your hands afterwards.
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or the crook of the arm — not your hands — if you don’t have access to any tissues.
Don’t share cutlery, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items.
Stay at home if you or your child is ill.
This is part of The Global Hygiene Council’s campaign called Small Steps for Big Change, highlighting the impact of common children’s infections on families worldwide and the small steps we can all take to help reduce the burden. The animation in this post is the first in the series is a cold and flu animation, helping to raise awareness of the impact of cold and flu and how small health and hygiene steps can help to prevent the spread this winter.
Let’s all do our best to stay healthy and stop spreading the flu and colds!
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