Flu and Stopping the Spread of Germs
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine each season the providers at Western Maine Family Medicine recommend flu vaccination for all their patients.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
3. Apply sunscreen often. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours, and after you swim or do things that make you sweat.
4. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date.
5. Seek shade especially in mid-day hours. The hours between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm are the most hazardous for UV exposure.
6. Wear loose-fitting and light colored clothing.
7. Eat well balanced, light, regular meals.
8. Be aware of the heat.
Bug Spray Safety
Insect repellents can be used in all ages unless the label specifically states an age limitation or precaution. As long as you read and follow label directions and take proper precautions, insect repellents with active ingredients registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do not present health or safety concerns.
Insect repellents containing DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children under 3 years of age.
When applying insect repellents to children, avoid their hands, around the eyes, and cut or irritated skin. Do not allow children to handle insect repellents. When using on children, apply to your own hands and then put it on the child. After returning indoors, wash your child’s treated skin or bathe the child. Clothes exposed to insect repellants should be washed with soap and water.