Flu season is right around the corner. Every year, the CDC makes an announcement when the flu season officially starts and ends, with the span of months being from October to May. It's important to take measures that ensure you and your family take the right measures to fight the flu.
1. Get the Flu Vaccine
The best way to protect yourself is getting the flu vaccine. Not only does it protect you, but everyone else around you.
Did you know that pregnant women, young children and the elderly are most vulnerable to getting the flu? It’s important to make sure that everyone six months of age and older gets the annual flu vaccine to protect against the spread of this potentially dangerous illness.
Whitney Young Health offers no-cost flu vaccinations at our health centers in Albany, Troy and Watervliet. Call (518) 465-4771 and make an appointment today!
2. Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is the easiest, yet one of the most effective ways to prevent spreading germs. According to the CDC, there's a proper way to wash your hands that effectively kill the germs that may cause you to contact diseases like the flu and the common cold.
Remember to wash your hands after using the bathroom; after coughing or sneezing; before putting in or removing contact lenses; before using makeup; and before eating, serving, or preparing food.
3. Keep Your Distance
The flu virus can travel through the air, which means it's best to keep away from them if possible. There are instances when someone who doesn't even look sick may still have the flu. This is where taking preventive measures like getting the flu shot and washing your hands regularly comes in.
4. Use Your Elbow
When you cough or sneeze into your hands, the likelihood of spreading the virus increases due to your hands touching multiple surfaces afterwords. When you have the urge to cough or sneeze, bend the crook of your elbow and bring it towards you.
5. If Sick, Stay Home
We know that most people have jobs and other responsibilities that may make you think that taking is a sick day is not possible, but it is. If you have flu symptoms, it's important to go to the doctor and also stay home to rest up so not only can you get back on your feet quicker, but you're not spreading the flu to anyone else.
Bonus: Make Healthy Choices
Not only can this help prevent the flu, but it also keeps your immune system strong all year long. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, exercising and drinking plenty of water are some easy ways to incorporate healthy habits into your life.