4 Tips for Avoiding the Flu at Holidays
‘Tis the season for family visits, festive parties, and the flu virus. With more gatherings and more shopping, it’s easier to become exposed to a highly contagious virus like the flu, and no one wants to be sick on a holiday. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself.
Try these four precautions for keeping the flu at bay during the busy holiday season:
- Get a Flu Shot – It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. Children who’ve never had a vaccine will need two doses. Adults can get a single shot. While you may have received a nasal mist flu vaccine in the past, the mist is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this year.
- Soap Up – Washing your hands frequently can help reduce your chances of catching the flu. If you’ve been shaking hands at a party, shopping in crowds, or exposed to others who are sick, it’s a good idea to wash your hands. You can also carry a bottle of hand sanitizer for those times when you can’t reach a sink.
- Sanitize Frequently Used Surfaces – Cell phones, home and office phones, computer keyboards, and remote controls can carry thousands of germs. Use a sanitizing wipe to clean these surfaces frequently during flu season. You can purchase wipes designed specifically for cell phones, computers, and screens. Remember that often people are contagious before they start exhibiting flu symptoms.
- Keep Your Distance – If you know a family member or friend has the flu, try to keep your distance. Infected individuals may want to consider wearing a mask to protect any young children or elderly family members who live in the same household.
Make A Flu Shot Appointment Today
LeBauer primary care locations at Greensboro, Brassfield, Burlington, High Point, MedCenter – High Point, Oak Ridge, and Whitsett offer flu shots for patients by appointment. If you’re a new patient, you can request an appointment online, or call the location that’s most convenient for you. Current LeBauer patients should call their office to make a flu shot appointment.