The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Halloween is only a week away! Check out these Halloween safety tips from Care Works.
|The simple act of slowing down on neighborhood roads can not only make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but it can save lives.
Have Children Going Out for Trick-or-Treat?
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Have a set time for your kids to return home. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
- A good meal prior to trick-or-treating helps discourage youngsters from filling up on treats that have not been inspected by a parent or guardian.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Use reflective tape on costumes and bags so car drivers can see you better.
- Take a flashlight to help you see, and others see you.
- Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
- Always walk on sidewalks when available, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Consider wearing makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. Obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal.
Expecting Trick-or-Treaters at Your House?
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit Jack-O-Lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains.
- Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Or, consider using flameless (electric) Jack-O-Lantern candles.
Halloween Candy Safety Reminders
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats and never eat homemade treats made by strangers.
- Consider a rationed approach of treats for children in the days following Halloween.
With Memorial Day just a couple of days ago, camping season is officially underway! If you or someone you know like to camp, check out this camping checklist thanks to…
__Axe or hammer
__Mat for tent entrance
__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp
__Repair kit for air mattress
__Utility bags for storage
__Large water jug & water bucket
__Stove with fuel/propane
__Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc
__Campfire grill/BBQ grill
__Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls
__Heavy-duty aluminum foil
__Cooking oil/Pam spray
__Containers for food storage
__Pots and frying pans with lids
__Soap for outside of pots and pans
__Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon
__Can opener/bottle opener
__Shower shoes/flip flops
__Soap in plastic case/shampoo
__Tooth brush/tooth paste
__Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket
__Camping shower/shower pump
__Other personal items
__Personal medications – take extra
__Lantern with fuel/mantles
__Camera/battery/film/video (see photo jigsaw puzzles)
__Books/magazines (a Kindle would be better)
__Musical instruments/song books
__First aid kit
__Park map/guidebooks/trail maps
__Lantern pole or hanger
__Collapsible drying rack
__Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars (Smores)
__Plastic grocery bags
__Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot
__Duct tape/electrical tape
__Cell phone/charger & 2-way radios/walkie talkies
__Travel alarm clock
__Small sewing kit
__Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee
Basic First Aid Kit
__Sterile gauze pads
__Bee sting kit
__Personal information/contact person
__Small bottle of water
__Other personal needs
__Misc. Band Aides/bandages
__Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides)
__Snake bit kit
__Poison ivy cream/cleansers
__Coins for emergency phone calls
__Mole skin for blisters
__First aid manual