Now that flu season is in full swing, it’s important to make sure you protect yourself against the flu. Getting the flu can leave you out of work or school for weeks at a time. It can also be potentially harmful if you have health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or a weakened immune system.
Getting your annual flu shot is the first preventative measure against the flu, but here are a few other ways you can protect yourself this flu season.
- Any time you use the bathroom, before and after you eat, and after shaking hands with someone, you should wash your hands. It’s also best to avoid touching areas of your face such as your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Sanitize hard surfaces such as kitchen counter-tops, doorknobs, and handles, as well as objects such as TV remotes, phones, and laptops. Also, make sure to disinfect children’s toys between playtime, as little ones are highly susceptible to getting sick.
- Avoid sharing eating utensils and drinks with others. Also, make sure everyone in your house has their own towels, wash clothes, and bedding such as pillows and blankets.
- Change your toothbrush once you get well, as toothbrushes are a breeding ground for germs, so make sure you get a new one to avoid getting sick again.
- Practice healthy habits such as drinking plenty of water, maintaining a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest, and incorporating exercise into your routine.
For diagnosis and treatment for the flu, visit us at FirstCall Medical Center. We provide treatment on a walk-in basis. Visit us today or call us for more information at 410-730-3399.