By: Mission Healthy Living
November 05, 2015
In the midst of yet another unpredictable flu season which could potentially last until May, it's important to protect yourself and your family as November is upon us. Since the flu season could have begun as early as October, getting vaccinated as soon as possible is vital to prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age or older receive a flu vaccine every season as flu viruses are circulating at higher levels amongst the U.S. population at this time.
Besides the No. 1 prevention method, receiving the flu vaccine, here are some other ways to keep your family healthy during flu season.
1.) ALWAYS wash your hands: Imagine how many germ-filled surfaces you touch in one day. On top of that, most people frequently touch their face, eyes and mouth throughout the day, transferring all those germs to themselves and others without even realizing it. This is why it's so important to regularly wash your hands and when that isn't an option, carry anti-bacterial hand gel or wipes with you to hold you over until you can get to a sink. This will help to prevent illness and the spreading of germs.
2.) Stay home when you're sick: Most bosses will encourage you to stay home and rest when you're sick rather then infect the whole office and make yourself even worse in the process. It's safe to say no one wants your germs, so leave the guilt and your pride at the door and know when your body's telling you to take a break.
3.) Cover your mouth: When you cough or sneeze make sure you cover up with a tissue (or your hands...see above for what to do after) so as to not contribute to the spreading of germs. It's the simplest, but one of the most important, rules of good manners and good health.
For more tips on preventing the flu, visit here.
Don't wait! Schedule your flu shot appointment today to prevent the virus from invading your home. Montgomery County offers several clinics that provide free immunizations for those without insurance coverage. If the doctor's office is booked at the moment, local pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens also offer the flu vaccine for those with insurance.
Here's to staying healthy this flu season!