With an extremely warm start to November it may not seem like Flu Season is here, but the pumpkin spice flavor season is on us. Bring on the cool weather and enjoy the family time and who can forget the wonderful and creative holiday dishes. With the cooler weather comes the downside of getting sick and sharing the germs. Surepoint Emergency Center has 9 tips for keeping the flu virus and other sickness out of your home this season.
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.
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.
Tip #4 – Cover Your Mouth and Nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Tip #5 – Clean Your Hands
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. 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. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
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, zin, 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.
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 just walked for 3 short months 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. Over 100 children died from the flu in the U.S. last winter.
Surepoint Emergency Center in Denton is the quickest way to get treatment if your flu symptoms are severe. Surepoint Emergency Center will have you seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.