Before the cold and flu season arrives, you should try to do what you can in order to prevent contracting influenza as much as possible. If you work in healthcare, education, or another field where you are in contact with several people during the day, then it’s beneficial to begin preparations a few months in advance, consulting with a medical professional about methods of influenza prevention for yourself and those who are around you.
One of the easiest approaches to influenza prevention is to wash your hands on a regular basis. Wash your hands after coming in contact with people who might be sick and after touching various objects, such as money, countertops, or grocery carts. Use warm water and antibacterial soap when washing your hands, turning the water off and on with a paper towel so that you don’t transfer germs.
If you don’t get enough sleep each night, then your body won’t have the energy to fight off infections. You should also monitor your diet, eating healthy foods so that your body has the proper fuel to fight against any bacteria and viruses that you might contract.
If you’re sick, then you should stay at home until you feel better or until you no longer have a fever. Some employers require employees to stay at home if they have a fever. When you’re at home, you can stay in bed or on your couch, resting instead of working or caring for your home like you normally do when you feel well.
Whether you’re coughing and sneezing because of allergies or because you could have the influenza virus, you should cover your cough so that you don’t spread germs to other people. Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing as these items will help to trap the germs that you have, preventing them from spreading to other people.
When it comes to influenza prevention, one of the very best things you can do is get a flu shot. Even if a flu vaccine doesn’t prevent influenza, it can help to minimize the impacts on your body.
For more information about influenza prevention or to schedule your flu vaccine, get in touch with Exceed Urgent Care and make an appointment with us at our office in Texarkana. Our staff would be happy to answer your questions, give you sound medical advice, and help you stay as healthy as possible this season and all year long. Contact us today to set up your consultation!