Take steps to prevent flu from spreading within your household

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Flu season is here. And while doctors encourage everyone to get the flu shot, you might still end up getting sick.

Joseph Allen, MD of Family Medicine of Vandalia joined Katie Ussin on Five on 2 to offer some tips for keeping the virus from spreading through your household.

His number one tip: clean, clean, clean! Wash everything from bed linens to hard surfaces that may have been touched by an infected person, including faucets and door handles.

Create a sick room for the infected person. Prohibit any other family members from going into the room except a child’s caregiver.

Separate personal care items such as wash clothes and towels for ill family members.

Replace all family members’ toothbrushes regularly, even if just one person become’s ill. A sick person’s toothbrush should be replaced after a fever is gone.

Screen visitors entering your home to prevent them from bringing in the virus.

And keep a log of medication doses: who has been given what, how much, and at what time. That will help avoid any confusion and potential overdoes.

Dr. Allen recommends the flu shot for anyone over the age of six months. Even if you do get the flu, it can lessen the symptoms and duration of the virus.

Dr. Allen says so far, this year’s vaccine appears to be more effective than last year’s, but says we won’t really know until flu season nears its end in February.

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