We’ve all been there – you start to get a tingly sensation in your throat. You cough and try to clear away the itch, but it doesn’t go away. In a couple minutes, the itch has strengthened to soreness, and by nighttime, the soreness is so severe that all you feel is the pain every time you swallow.

Infectious diseases mostly enter our bodies through the eyes, nose, and mouth. That is why it is key that you avoid touching your face as much as possible when you’re around someone who is sick. You can always wash your hands thoroughly whenever you suspect that you’ve handled something infectious, but it’s a lot less effective to wash your face after you’ve already rubbed your eyes or touched your nose.

Spreading Disease

Individuals who are ill easily spread their infection everywhere they go, whether they realize it or not. It’s very easy for someone who is ill to simply wipe their nose and then touch a doorknob, or cough into their hand and then touch the keypad while they’re checking out at the store. Illnesses can spread a lot easier than you think.

Lack of proper hygiene and proper sanitation are the main causes for the spread of infectious disease. If individuals with an infectious disease are in a certain place where others are likely to be, that place must undergo a disease cleanup to prevent others from becoming infected.

Getting Infected

Sometimes, you will think you’re out of harm’s way. No one around you in the doctor’s waiting room seems to be ill. No one is sniffling or coughing. You’re sitting away from everyone to avoid physical contact. But, what you don’t realize is that someone who had the flu was sitting in your chair just before you arrived, and they left their disease all over it and around it.

You sit in the chair, unbeknownst to you that it is covered in disease. You touch the armrests, you grab a magazine that was sitting on the seat and begin to read it. Your nose itches so you scratch it. An eyelash gets into your eye so you rub it heavily to try and alleviate the discomfort. You decide to put on some lip balm while you wait, wiping off the excess balm around your lips with your finger.

You don’t know that you’ve probably just infected yourself with the flu. And though the flu can be prevented with a seasonal vaccine, many people choose not to get it for several reasons. Maybe they think that the vaccine will give them the flu instead of providing protection. Maybe they heard that vaccines cause autism, and now they don’t believe in vaccines.

The truth is, vaccines don’t cause autism. Flu shots don’t contain a live flu virus, they contain a dead one. A dead one that is so dead it will never come back to life, even when injected into a person. While it’s true that a flu shot doesn’t protect against every strain of flu out there, it protects against the four or five main strains of the flu season that experts predict are most likely to cause an epidemic.

So, a flu shot can protect you from the most spreadable influenza strains of the season, and make your sickness a lot less severe if you do get the flu. Influenza is such a common infectious disease, and when it and other infectious diseases are present, it’s crucial that we disinfect affected areas with a good disease cleanup as often as possible. For the elderly and those with underlying medical issues, the flu and other diseases can prove to be deadly.

Professional cleaning services are great tools to use during flu seasons or any other time when you need a proper disease cleanup for your space. These services can help you both isolate and eliminate infectious diseases and return your space to a clean, healthy state.