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(NC) It’s true that many seniors find being a grandparent rewarding and enjoyable. Grandparenting allows for a special bond with grandchildren, where you can spoil them, play with them, and share your life experiences and wisdom. However, staying healthy around all the germs your grandkids may share, especially during flu season, is important both for your overall health and your continued enjoyment of these precious moments. Here are some steps you can take to stay healthy:

Bringing fresh, outdoor air into your home helps keep virus particles from accumulating inside. So, if you’re hosting the grandkids – or any guests – try to have as much fresh air indoors as possible. When weather permits, open a window or two to let in the breeze. You can also run the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. For more peace of mind, consider investing in a portable ventilator with a HEPA filter.

Over the past couple of years, we got used to wearing masks. And, if you’re worried for your health, they’re a simple yet effective tool to protect you when you’re socializing. After all, children are exposed to all sorts of different viruses at school and during their extracurricular activities.

If you’re already sick, stay at home. If you do need to go out, be sure to wear your mask in public. This helps you avoid spreading germs and protects you from catching a secondary illness.

This year, there are three different viral infections circulating that we should all be aware of: RSV, COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. The best way to avoid having complications from any of these is to get vaccinated against them.

If you’re over 65 or immunocompromised, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist about which vaccine n is right for you. You can get your shots at your local pharmacy. At some pharmacies, you can book an appointment on line, in person or simply walk in. This year, you can get your flu shot and COVID-19 booster at the same time.