October is the beginning of the holiday fun with pumpkin spice lattes, decorations, presents and creative holiday dishes with the family. As the weather gets cooler, the chance of getting sick and sharing germs increases. Flu season is starting as well, and you may begin to hear pleas in the office and in the media to get your flu shot. You cannot hide from sicknesses like colds or flu, but you can help to prevent them this season with these nine tips.
Tip # 1 Get Vaccinated
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. Make an appointment at one of our Surepoint Family Medicine and Urgent Care locations to get your flu shot.
Tip # 2 Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Tip # 3 Stay Home When You Are Sick
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others and keep you from getting re-infected.
Tip # 4 Cover Your Mouth and Nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This may prevent those around you from getting sick and vise versa.
Tip # 5 Clean Your Hands
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Scrub your hands and forearms for at least one minute. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Tip # 6 Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Tip # 7 Practice Other Good Health Habits
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. This is especially true if you are traveling by air, bus, train or boat.
Tip #8 – Bring on the Rainbow
An important step in creating an immune system of steel is starting with the dinner plate. Bring on fresh foods that are wholesome and jam packed with minerals and vitamins. The critical minerals include selenium, zinc, copper, and iron while the powerhouse vitamins that are ever so important include vitamins A, B6, C, and E. Make sure the dinner plate is full of all the colors of the rainbow of vegetables and fruits to ensure the diet consists of all the essential minerals and vitamins. Increasing the dosage of vitamin C during the colder months will be beneficial with providing extra virus fighting benefits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Tip # 9 – Run, Skip and Jump
Exercising will kick start the immune system and the recommended length of time is 30 to 60 minutes daily. Studies have shown that those who walk for 30 minutes each day had half the number of sore throats and colds compared to the less active group. Exercise is a great stress buster and reduces the harmful benefits of stress on the immune system but keep in mind that a balance of rest and exercise is important for keeping the flu virus at bay. Never underestimate the value of a good solid 8 hours of sleep per night.
While for many the flu is simply a bad cold or bug to get over, for others it can be deadly, especially for children and the elderly.
Surepoint Emergency Center is the quickest way to get treatment if your flu symptoms are severe. You will be seen by a doctor quickly who can assess your symptoms and treat the problem. No one wants to wait in a crowded hospital emergency room. We can get you in and out in no time!
Surepoint Emergency Center is a modern emergency medical facility open 24/7. As an alternative to the traditional hospital ER experience, we offer convenience and minimal wait time, along with highly trained emergency medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment.
Our top priority is bringing high quality emergency care, quickly and easily to your family. We are committed to making patients feel better faster in a comforting and compassionate environment.
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