The Holiday Season is always full of joy, preparations, family reunions, and gingerbread cookies. Near Year’s resolutions kick in soon after but we all need to stay in a good health in order to make those resolutions materialize. However, for some people this season means dealing with the flu and its nagging symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, sneezing, or body ache. Who would like to go through all that during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year? In today’s article, we are sharing some useful tips about several things you can do to avoid getting the flu, and enjoy a fruitful and prosperous start to 2018!
Get a flu shot in Spring Hill
The first thing you should definitely consider to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that everyone above the age of 6 months should get it. About two weeks after receiving the shot, your immune system will begin producing antibodies in the blood that are meant to give you protection against the types of flu viruses that were present in the shot. Please keep in mind that there are certain groups of people who are more at risk for getting a flu than others, e,g. pregnant women, anybody with chronic medical conditions (asthma, cancer, kidney disease, or HIV/Aids), people over 50 years of age, health care staff, Native Americans / Alaska Natives, etc.
If you are wondering where to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, swing by LifeGuard Urgent Care where we will give you the shot immediately.
Keep your environment clean
Whether or not you decide to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, there are a few other things you can do to avoid getting sick. One of them is keeping your environment clean. It doesn’t matter if it’s home, work, gym or school, below you will find a few examples of what you can do to make sure your surrounding is germfree:
- Make it a routine to disinfect those surfaces that are touched a lot;
- Get rid of any clutter that may collect dust and dirt;
- Clean keyboards, and phones;
- Sanitize your desk and doorknobs especially if you work with a person who is currently sick;
- If you work out, don’t use germy mats;
Clean your hands
Even though you can’t see them, there are hundreds of germs on your hands from touching things. You should wash your hands often and properly with soap for at least 20 seconds. This is important especially when you have contagious people around you who decided to come to work instead of recovering at home. If you don’t have time to constantly go to the bathroom to wash your hands, you can use an easier solution and purchase tiny hand sanitizers that will fit in your purse, or a backpack. Hand sanitizers come in many different scents and colors, and they make a perfect stocking filler!
Don’t get too close
There are some people who will never miss a day of work unless they are absolutely dying. Even the flu is not able to discourage them from coming in. Stay as far as possible from such co-workers because they are highly contagious and, as you may expect, they spread their virus. Try to avoid shaking people’s hands as they transfer tremendous amount of the flu germs.
Don’t wait until it’s too late!
We always educate our patients on a number of precautions they should take to avoid getting sick. There are many more things they can do to prevent the seasonal flu than mentioned in this article, such as: cover their mouth and nose, sip on some tea or natural juices, or get enough sleep, etc. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage everyone to get their flu shot in Spring Hill as soon as possible. That is definitely the very first step that should be taken to protect themselves.
Our Medical Team at LifeGuard Urgent Care wish you a happy and HEALTHY 2018!