Fall brings some of our favorite activities including sipping on apple cider, attending fall festivals, searching for the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, and wearing cozy sweaters to name a few.
With fall coming quickly around the corner, flu and cold season will be here before we know it. Every year, millions of families get sick with the flu. Some flu cases can be very mild, while other times it can lead to severe illnesses. However, our experts at Direct Primary Care Associates have several tips that you and your family can implement to stay healthy this flu season.
Tip #1 – Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is proven to be very beneficial for your overall health, but especially your immune system. Your immune system will be fighting against the flu if you do happen to catch it – so it’s important to make sure you have a strong immune system.
When examining your lifestyle, you should aim to achieve the following:
- 6-8 hours of sleep
- Proper nutrition
- 3-5 days of physical activity
- Keeping your stress levels low
Tip #2 – Vaccinate Earlier Than Later
The flu vaccination is not for everyone, and it is a personal preference! However, if you decide to get the flu vaccination, we recommend that you get the vaccine sooner than later. The flu vaccine takes up to two weeks to take full effect and promote immunity. You can read the article on Flu Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding vaccinations. Please discuss this option with your healthcare provider if you have any questions.
Tip #3 – Disinfect The Area Frequently
If this step is not in your regular routine already, we would recommend you add these steps on a routine basis! The flu can stay active on surfaces for up to 48 hours. We would recommend you wipe down highly trafficked areas in your home or work routinely.
Tip #4 – Respond To Any Symptoms
While most of our tips mentioned previously have been steps to prevent the flu. However, things happen and sometimes you will still get the flu no matter how proactive you have been in avoiding it. Once you start to receive warning signs of the flu, it is best to act as soon as you notice the first symptoms! Make sure you get as much rest as you can.