3 Tips for Surviving Flu Season
Crisp fall days are right around the corner, which also means many Americans will find themselves fighting the flu. The peak of flu season varies from year to year, but often the first flu cases start cropping up in doctor’s offices in late September or early October.
So how can you avoid getting sidelined for a week with fevers, aches, and a sore throat? Try these three tips for surviving the flu season.
1. Get the Flu Vaccine
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. If at all possible, try to get the vaccine in the early fall before the flu starts spreading.
Vaccines are designed to protect against the flu strains that health experts have predicted will be most widespread this flu season. During the 2017-18 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a flu shot for protection instead of a nasal spray vaccine.
Typical side effects of a flu vaccine are a sore arm and a few body aches. However, you cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Keeping your immune system in top shape can also help you ward off the flu and fight it more effectively should you catch the virus. Be sure your self-care routine includes:
- A balanced diet
- Exercise four or five times a week
- Sleep seven to nine hours each night
3. Protect Yourself and Your Family
The flu is easily transmitted by coughing and sneezing, and germs can linger on surfaces for up to eight hours. If you touch an infected surface — like a countertop, telephone, or door handle — and then touch your eyes or nose, you can easily catch the flu.
Protect yourself by washing your hands with warm water and soap every time you shake hands or touch a surface that may be covered with germs. If you can’t get to a sink, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are a current LeBauer patient, contact your doctor’s office to make your flu shot appointment.