Ten Tips to Help You Skip This Year’s Cold/Flu Season
The 2017-2018 cold and flu season is now underway, and people of all ages are susceptible to illness. Note that having the flu is not the same as having the common cold; the flu is much more severe and requires a longer recovery period. It’s the difference between a day off from school or work and a week or more off. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid this year’s cold/flu viruses.
1. Get a flu shot – Sometimes the simplest answer is best. You can receive a flu shot at Pacific Family Practice. The vaccine is available to everyone age six months and older, and is safe for pregnant women.
2. Avoid contact with those who are already ill – Skipping handshakes, hugs and kisses and passing on sharing food/drinks with someone who is ill are advised in order to avoid contracting their illness.
3. Keep your day-to-day items clean – Cell phones, computer mouse, tablet, desks, remote controls, door handles, counters, keyboards, glasses, etc., are everyday items that carry germs from one surface to another, including your hands and face.
4. Set goals for sleeping – The quality and quantity of your sleep is directly correlated to how healthy your immune system is.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – Unless you have freshly washed and dried hands, you should avoid contact.
6. Increase intake of fruits and vegetables – A balanced diet is key to any long-term healthcare plan, but your immune system in particular needs the nutrients provided by healthy foods.
7. Wash your hands frequently – There’s no need to go overboard, but you should be washing your hands more frequently during cold/flu season.
8. Stay home and rest during illness – If you do feel unwell, it is best to stay home until you are diagnosed by a physician who determines how long you will need to miss school or work. You will only put others at risk for illness if you try to maintain your normal schedule.
9. Ask your doctor if you are at high risk – The elderly and young have the greatest risk of contracting illness, particularly the flu.
10. Use common sense – Navigating cold/flu season can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have any questions about steps to avoid illness, please contact Pacific Family Practice today.