Every year during flu season, thousands of individuals will be hospitalized
for severe symptoms and complications. Even if you are not at a
high risk for flu complications, it is best to try to avoid getting sick, since stopping the spread of
the virus will protect those around you with weaker immune systems. Below,
you can get a look at some of the measures that will help you steer clear
of the flu this season and keep the virus out of your household.
Immunization is for everyone, not just individuals who are considered at
high risk for flu complications. Almost anyone who is six months of age
or older can have the flu vaccine, which is readily available from your
doctor as well as in drug store pharmacies, and even at workplace wellness events.
Wash your hands frequently
Handwashing is one of the most valuable tools in fighting the flu, so you
should be sure that you and your family members are
washing your hands thoroughly and often. You’ll want to wash for at least 20 seconds with warm water and
soap anytime you use the bathroom, make contact with another person, or
touch items in busy public places.
Bolster your diet
You can boost your immune system by maintaining a healthy diet rich in
fresh fruits and vegetables that will offer added vitamins to fend off
infections. If you start to feel the early symptoms of the flu, wholesome
foods like chicken soup, ginger tea, and berry smoothies will be good
choices to help you feel better faster.
Disinfect common surfaces
Disinfecting wipes will be a useful item to have around the house, office,
and classroom, since the flu virus can spread through contact with common
surfaces. Children’s toys should be frequently disinfected, and
kids should be taught not to share food or drink so that they do not bring
the flu home from school.
For more flu prevention tips and
emergency care to address flu complications, you can count on Southern Hills Hospital
in Las Vegas. To connect with us today, give us a call at (702) 880-2700
and speak with one of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.