Are you looking for ways to avoid the flu this winter?
Flu season begins in October and we are sharing simple tips on how to stay healthy this flu season. We will also explain some key differences between the common cold and the influenza virus. Staying healthy is key to keeping you out of urgent care and the hospital so you can enjoy your active lifestyle.
Below you will find several resources to help you stay well this flu season.
5 Ways to Prevent the Flu
Although we cannot guarantee you won’t get the flu, we have put together 5 tips that might protect you from getting sick this flu season.
- Get the Flu Shot: Did you know you can get the flu shot at any of our care centers? Call your care center to schedule a quick visit.
- Keep Your Immune System Strong: Your immune system protects your body against infections. In order to keep it strong, make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. You also want to practice healthy food habits, like eating 5 total servings of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, make sure you are exercising for at least 20 minutes, 3-5 times per week.
- Use Good Health Habits: The flu is extremely contagious. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Also, disinfect surfaces you contact frequently in your home or at work.
- Stop Smoking: People who smoke tend to get viruses more often. The symptoms also tend to be more severe in smokers. Quitting smoking could be a useful preventative measure against the flu — not only for you, but also for anyone who lives with you.
- Take Antiviral Flu Drugs: Flu antiviral drugs are prescriptions that may reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms. They also may prevent you from getting the flu if you take them before getting sick. Talk to your doctor before starting any medication.
If you practice these tips, you are less likely to suffer from the flu this season. If you do happen to get the flu, we are here for you with same day appointments and a Saturday clinic. Contact your primary care physician first if you aren’t feeling well.
Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?
During the fall and winter season, you are more likely to get sick. The problem is that sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or if it is more severe, like the flu. We want you to stay healthy this winter! Below are some of the key differences between the common cold and the influenza virus, according to the CDC.
- Symptoms are gradual.
- Normally you do not have a fever.
- You typically will not have aches and chills.
- Rarely will you have fatigue and weakness.
- It is common to sneeze and have a stuffy nose.
- Sore throats are common.
- Coughs and chest discomfort are mild to moderate.
- Headaches are rare.
- Symptoms are abrupt.
- Fevers are common.
- Aches and chills are fairly common.
- Fatigue and weakness is usual.
- Sometimes you will sneeze and have a stuffy nose, but not always.
- Sometimes you will have a sore throat, but not always.
- Cough and chest discomfort is common and more severe.
- Headaches are common.
If you want to learn more about the key differences between a cold and the flu, attend the Winter Woes: Cold vs. Flu class. Remember you do not have to be a patient or resident to attend. Bring your friends and please register below!
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Winter Woes: Cold vs. Flu