Preparing for the cold and flu season is arguably more important than ever in light of COVID-19. These viruses are likely to spread at the same time, making the right health care practices and preventative actions essential to daily routines. Keep your loved ones safe this winter, including older family members, with help from the following guide. 

What Do You Need to Know About the Upcoming Cold & Flu Season? 

How to Prepare

Prepare for the season by scheduling flu shots for your family. These vaccines introduce dormant strains of the latest influenza viruses into the body to help it create immune-boosting antibodies. Flu shots lower the risk of illness, as does frequent hand-washing with antibacterial soap. Encourage your loved ones to cleanse their hands for 10 to 20 seconds after doing errands, using the bathroom, or playing with pets. A thorough hand-washing technique reduces the spread of germs on high-touch household surfaces, such as doorknobs, toilet flushing handles, countertops, remotes, telephones, and keyboards. 

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Safeguard your family against flu by stocking up on medicines and related supplies, including cough and pain relief medication, antihistamines, and decongestants—such as nasal sprays. Immune-boosting supplements and foods also help prevent illness. Incorporate vitamins C and D, as well as leafy greens, citrus fruits, wild salmon, red peppers, eggs, and other whole foods into your daily diet. 

If you or anyone in your family does become ill, take time off from work and school to recover faster and avoid spreading germs to others. 

The Impact of COVID-19

Since the coronavirus can spread at the same time as the latest viral influenza strains, it is possible to have both flu and COVID-19 simultaneously. Whether contracting the flu increases the risk of developing COVID-19 is still under investigation, but getting both vaccines is still recommended. Your family members can receive both immunizations at the same time. 

Staying vigilant about health care practices protects your loved ones from these viruses. Always cough into the crook of your elbow, and wear a mask in public. Avoiding close contact with non-family members can also protect you from colds, the flu, and the coronavirus.


If you have a family member that requires customized health services, turn to A Mother’s Touch In-Home Health Care. This agency provides families throughout Missouri's St. Louis and St. Charles counties with health care assistance from compassionate professionals. They offer daily in-home companion care and live-in assistance for all individuals of all ages and abilities. Call (314) 733-5100 to have your questions answered by a friendly and knowledgeable staff member, or learn more about their available services online.