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Tips For Protecting Your Family From the Flu

Posted on Jan 28, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that on average 5-20% of Americans get the flu each year and that around 200,000 people are hospitalized because of flu symptoms and complications. So, what exactly is the flu? The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory virus affecting the nose, throat, and lungs and can be deadly for young children. It is more important than ever to protect yourself and your family from contracting the flu.

The CDC recommends following these simple tips to slow the spread of the flu virus:

  1. Wash hands frequently. We use our hands every day for everything. Washing your hands with an antibacterial soap will help stop the spread of the flu virus. No soap? Try using an antibacterial hand sanitizer.

  2. Cover mouth and nose when sneezing. And then repeat tip #1!

  3. Try to avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread, so by avoiding contact with these parts of your face you are helping slow the spread to or from yourself.

  4. Routinely disinfect your surroundings. If you or someone in your home is sick with flu like symptoms then disinfecting the areas you come in contact with regularly is important.

  5. Avoid sick people or stay home if sick. This may sound like common sense, but not everyone can afford to stay home sick. If you notice a colleague or friend is sick try to keep your distance. They will understand!

At Monkey Joe’s in Copperfield, Texas we do our part to ensure a clean, germ free facility. We partner with Swisher Hygiene, Inc. to have our facility and inflatables regularly sanitized using the Swisher SWAT germicidal shock treatment. This non-toxic cleaning procedure kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. When your children are playing at Monkey Joe’s during flu season you don’t need to worry about them contracting an illness like the flu.