5 Cleaning Tips To Reduce Flu Risks

flu cleaning tipsAs flu season gets under way, there are some simple measures that we can all take around the house to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the flu.

Research has shown that the flu virus can live on household surfaces for up to 48 hours. Flu is commonly considered to be airborne, but hand contact with infected surfaces can be a key way in which it can spread.

Simple hygiene measures can improve the protection within the home and workplace.

5 Anti-Flu Cleaning Tips

  1. Antibacterial products
    Choose products that have are designed to destroy bacteria as well as make surfaces look clean and fresh. It’s about dealing with the germs and viruses that you can’t see. Antibacterial wipes and/or spray are quick and effective
  2. Commonly touched surfaces
    Pay attention to surfaces that are touched frequently by a lot of people. Door handles, TV remotes, phones, light switches and keyboards can be easily forgotten yet would enable viruses to pass around quickly
  3. Wash cloths
    If you use microfibre cloths, wash them regularly as they can be a breeding ground for germs. Most are designed to be washed frequently. Choose a high temperature and a bio wash for maximum cleanliness (check the label)
  4. Hand washing
    Remember, hand contact is a key way in which germs can spread. Wash your hands after coming in from outside to prevent bringing viruses into the house
  5. Dispose of used tissues
    If someone is ill already, don’t let used tissues lurk – get them picked up and thrown away asap, then wash your hands

Get the Flu Jab

flu-immunisationFlu vaccination is the best protection against a virus which can be severe and unpredictable.

  1. Protect yourself against the inevitable winter outbreaks of flu
  2. Help to prevent the disease from spreading to other people who may be at risk of flu

It is not 100%, but is designed to protect against the main expected strains of the season and will usually reduce the impact of other strains too, making the illness shorter and more bearable.

It takes about 2 weeks to be fully effective, so get the vaccination as soon as possible for best protection.

See Flu Facts and Vaccination 2019 for more information.

Flu Vaccine Clinics London

Private flu vaccination is now available at The Smart Clinics in Brompton Cross and Wandsworth. Their London clinics offer generous appointment times and extended opening hours to suit busy schedules with evening and weekend clinics available.

On behalf of The Smart Clinics, a spokesperson explained:

“Flu can be a very nasty disease, which can leave patients feeling run-down and below par for weeks after. The flu jab is a fast, safe and effective means of ensuring protection from the inconvenience and unpleasantness caused by the virus. We highly recommend the flu jab for all patients, not just those deemed at risk.”

Flu Vaccination

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The Smart Clinics

The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra.

However, non-members are also welcome to access The Smart Clinics’ GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

The Smart Clinics brings together a host of medical professionals offering patients high quality health services in a choice of accessible London clinic locations.

For more information contact us on info@thesmartclinics.co.uk or call  020 7052 0070.

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