How to Prepare your Loved Ones for Cold and Flu Season

September 14, 2023
With colder weather on the horizon and school back in session, germs and the sickness that comes with it is near. We want to keep you as safe as possible and ensure you are not exposed to any unnecessary illness. With a forecasted uptick in Covid-19 cases and the usual cold and flu spread, we wanted to share some helpful tips to keep you safe this year.

Below are the 6 tips recommended by the Center for Disease Control to protect you and your loved ones for the 2023-2024 season.

1. Avoid close contact.
a. 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.
a. If possible, stay home from work, errands and social gatherings when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
a. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk.
4. Clean your hands.
a. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
a. Germs can spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice good health habits.
a. 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.

If you do have anyone visiting you from outside the home, take any extra precautions you see fit. That could include wearing masks and keeping a safe distance. If interested, below are some additional resources for you to find safe access to the Influenza & Covid-19 vaccines in the Milwaukee area.

Milwaukee Health Department – Immunization Clinic Services