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Flu season is upon us and in my house that usually means we take a lot of precautions because my daughter has asthma which can complicate matters very quickly if she gets sick.

Although we don’t know yet if her little brother will suffer the same fate, we like to be extra careful this time of year. So beside getting the flu vaccine prior to the start of the season, we also take other precautions.

The easiest way to avoid the spread of germs and to stay healthy in the process is to wash your hands. I have made this very clear for both my kids and while I feel like I’m always washing their hands or asking them, as in the case of my daughter, to wash their hands, I’d rather take a few minutes to do so rather than have to deal with them being sick. As many of you know, an awesome alternative to hand washing is to use hand sanitizer. Just make sure it has at least 60% alcohol in order for it to be effective.

I usually get a large bottle of hand sanitizer so I can refill smaller bottles that I like to have in several different rooms in the house, including the playroom, the kids bedrooms and the family room, which is where we tend to spend the majority of our time.

This is also the perfect time to stock up on tissue, since I’m trying to teach my children to cover their coughs and sneezes with them to avoid the spread of germs. I also like to have tissue in different parts of the house so they’re readily available.

Finally, my daughter’s asthma specialist suggests we keep humidifiers in both kids’ bedrooms. So we always make sure to have enough filters at home to replace them at least every two months.

Luckily, all of these products are readily available at my local Walmart and I normally don’t have to spend more than $20 getting prepared for the flu season.

DisclosureAs part of the Walmart Moms program, SpanglishBaby received compensation and the product to facilitate this post. As always, all stories and opinions are our own.

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