Tips to Prevent the Flu

The weather is cooling down, but the chances for contracting the influenza virus are heating up! Every year the number of flu cases rises, with children and the elderly being the most susceptible. This harmful and potentially deadly virus can be prevented by following these simple tips.

Proper Handwashing
Yes, it’s as simple as soap and water, but unfortunately, some of us are skipping the sink. We come in contact with germs and bacteria daily as we touch everything from money, door handles and even ATM cards which are all loaded with bacteria. This means your hands are magnets for harmful microbes. Exercise proper handwashing at all times to eliminate these viruses causing germs. Soap up and rub hands together vigorously for a full 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice.

Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you in case you are caught without access to a sink. Most hand sanitizers come in travel sizes and wipes, which make them convenient to carry.

Sleep and Eat Well
We all know a good night’s sleep is essential for a good day’s work, but adequate rest also allows your body to build up a natural resistance to disease. Doctors recommend at least 7 hours of sleep each night for adults and 10 hours or more for children.

A good meal can also go a long way in preventing influenza. Pack in a diet full of fruit, vegetables, fiber and protein to build a strong immune system.

Feel Feverish? Stay Home
Sure, you felt a little tired and feverish when you got to work or school, but you don’t have any other signs of the flu. However, those mild symptoms are the culprits for causing the flu virus to spread – especially in the workplace and classroom! If you wake up with a slight fever, body aches, and tiredness – plan on staying home until your symptoms subside. You’ll feel better and will reduce the chances of coworkers and classmates getting sick.

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes
Did you know that your cough or sneeze can travel for several feet and live up to 45 minutes in the air? Imagine not even being sick and walking into an invisible wall of germs! That is why covering your nose and mouth with tissues or the crook of your elbow during a cough or sneeze is so essential. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based sanitizer after those coughs and sneezes!

Get Vaccinated
The most critical factor in preventing the flu virus is getting the flu vaccine. It benefits everyone and has been proven to help prevent the spread of the flu virus.

Help reduce your chances of getting the flu this year by following these safety measures. Call us today to make an appointment to get your flu vaccine – and remember, should you or your family contract the flu, our office is open for you! Visit us online at or give us a call today at 229-439-1950 or 229-246-6417.

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