Tips to Help You Avoid the Flu this Season

The cold and flu season is here and now is the time to put preventative practices in place to ensure that the flu doesn’t catch you and those you love. By taking a few healthy steps, you can help prevent nasty viruses from attacking your household.

Many are unaware that flu season can last over half of the year and peak around December through the end of February. Chances are, we are usually so consumed with our lives that we may not be concerned about the flu catching up with us. Lack of proper sleep, poor diet and stress can all make us more susceptible to the flu.

Every year, the flu catches up with millions in the United States, and certain areas of the country are getting hit with a particularly high number of cases this year. You can view the flu statistics for your city here. According to the CDC, For viruses collected between May 22–November 5, 2016, antigenic and/or genetic characterization shows that the majority of the tested viruses remain similar to the recommended components of the 2016-2017 Northern Hemisphere vaccines. If not treated correctly, the flu can lead to death.

Fortunately, there are steps you, your family, and loved ones can take to protect yourselves from the flu, and we’ve outlined the top three ways you can stay healthy this flu season.

1. Get a Flu Shot
You can still receive the flu vaccine at Intown Primary Care. The flu shot is safe and recommended for virtually everyone, including babies six months and older, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Schedule your flu shot today.

2. Stay Clean
By keeping your hands clean with thorough hand washing, it can be particularly helpful during the flu season, especially if you are interacting with people a lot. It is also a good idea to keep your home and workspace clean as much as possible. Start by cleaning surfaces such as keyboards, desks, cell phones, and kitchen counters. Remember, it’s a lot harder to bounce back from the flu than common colds. Therefore, put preventative measures in place.

3. If You Feel Sick, Act Quickly!
When focused on a special project or goal, it can be tempting to try to stick things out. Don’t do it! The errands and tasks can wait. The feeling of sickness is a sign that your body needs rest. Therefore, give yourself time for R&R (rest and relaxation). It may not be the flu, but regardless of what is causing your symptoms, it’s important that you rest and consult with Intown Primary Care regarding what steps should be taken next.

By getting adequate rest, staying clean, and utilizing the flu shot, you can help reduce your risks for the flu catching you. Be kind to yourself this season by keeping yourself healthy. Your family, friends, and co-workers will thank you.