Local mom, nurse give advice on flu-proofing your home

GREENLEAF, Wis. (WBAY) - It's been a long and deadly flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns it could last until May.

A thermometer and treatments for flu symptoms, Photo Date: Sept. 19, 2017 / Courtesy: Pixabay / MGN

The flu is widespread in 48 states, including Wisconsin. Flu activity varies from moderate to high in the Badger State.

There are steps families can take to flu-proof a home. A Greenleaf family invited Action 2 News to their home to show us how they do it.

"With my husband working as a paramedic, he's around sicknesses a lot more than others," says Nicole Klug.

Nicole Klug is not taking any chances, especially with four-month-old Wyatt at home.

"He's our little guy. We love him and don't want him to be sick," Klug says.

The effort starts when her husband gets home from work.

"Usually what I'll do is the minute he gets home, I'll throw his uniform in the wash," Klug tells us.

The next step is picking up those disinfectant wipes.

"I'll usually just go around the house and wipe down door knobs and places that we touch, like the remote to the TV," Klug says.

An infection prevention nurse with Bellin Health says those convenient disinfectant wipes work. She says there's no need to bleach everything in your home.

"The flu bug is really very fragile. It is easy to kill. So using your wipes and cleaning things in between use for family members all really important things to do," says Nurse Ellen Roy.

The trick is to make sure you use them correctly. Take a wipe and clean down a surface. However, don't grab a towel to dry it off.

"When you wipe down a surface, allow that time to dry. Allow that contact time to kill the germs. You're kind of defeating the purpose. You're not allowing that surface to disinfect like it needs to," Roy says.

The flu bug can live on your hands for five minutes. Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time is key to preventing the spread of the flu.

"Getting that lather, getting this going, getting rid of all of the germs that way,." Roy explains.


CDC Influenza information.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Influenza information.

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