Once your family has come up with a "mistake", you want to avoid catching it. At least one person in the household must be healthy so that they can take care of others! You can reduce the risk of flu or other viruses. Follow these home health care rules if a family member is ill:
- Wash your hands often. Washing your hands may sound too easy, but it works. Wash your hands in warm water and soap every time you have touched or served a sick family member.
- Do not touch your face. You may be surprised at how often we touch our faces ̵
- Stick to elbow coughs. Teach your children to cough in the elbow, rather than the hand, to limit the spread of bacteria.
- Throw Tissues properly. If your family members use tissues to blow their noses, throw them in a separate garbage bag and wash your hands with soap immediately.
- Wipe surfaces. Clean the surfaces of your home where you prepare food, eat or use a desk. Use alcohol spray a couple of times a day if your family is sick.
- Get a flu shot. Influenza can be a dangerous disease for some people who may develop pneumonia and need hospitalization. Get an annual flu shot; you can find places to get them for free.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep. A tired body is more likely to get sick. Your immune system will work better if you are rested, so getting a good night's sleep is a way to avoid illness.
- Eat healthy. The food you consume makes a big difference in your overall health. Develop healthy eating habits, avoid processed foods, eat out or order often and move on to eating healthy proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
If a child is ill, call the doctor
If you are, contact your doctor immediately. A temperature above 103 degrees can be a serious illness. With the available healthcare options, including telemedicine, there is no reason not to talk to a doctor if you are worried about your child.
Your Health Insurance
Your health insurance is an important aspect of keeping your family healthy, so take advantage of what your plan offers. If someone in your family – or you – is ill, it may be important to get treatment before the condition worsens. Early intervention with antibiotics or other medications may be needed to help you and your family stay healthy and strong.
If you have questions about your health insurance, we encourage you to speak to one of our friendly agents to discuss your plan and the options available that may have lower deductibles, lower payments or provide more in health care. Each plan is different and there may be health insurance that better suits your needs or budget.