While it may feel impossible to avoid catching the flu or a cold (especially if you spend a lot of time at school or in an office), there are some easy steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones healthy now and all year round!
Wash Your Hands, ALWAYS!
Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. This is especially important after you cough, sneeze, or touch a surface/object. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub such as hand sanitizer.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you are utilizing a tissue. Cover your nose and mouth and be sure to throw it away then immediately wash/sanitize your hands.
If you do catch the flu, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. This is also the policy at our clinic for staff and patients, so please let us know if you experience these symptoms and need to cancel/postpone your appointment.
Get proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep
The best way to prevent getting sick is maintaining a healthy lifestyle where you get the appropriate nutrition with healthy and well balanced meals, regular exercise at least 3-4 days per week, and an adequate amount of sleep. All of these factors are key to giving your body the proper tools to fight bacteria and viruses that may be harmful to you and your family.
These are just some of the many tips to help avoid the spread of flu-causing germs. For further information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm.
Written by: Leanna Beatty and Dr. Luiza LeMerise