It’s almost flu season again!

Flu activity starts as early as September and peaks between December and February. Richard Samuel, MD, medical director for Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care, offers these tips on how you can keep you and your family safe this season:

Get the Flu Vaccine

The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get the flu vaccine every year. It protects against the flu strains research suggests will be the most common that year. Getting the shot early in the season gives your body enough time to build immunity to the virus. The flu vaccine is recommended for children and adults who are 6 months old and older.

Practice Good Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene significantly reduces your chances of getting sick and spreading flu germs. Wash your hands with soap and warm water or a hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have washed your hands first. Finally, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze.

Rest

If you do become sick with the flu, get plenty of rest. Drink plenty of fluids and stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the flu to others.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Moderate to high fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Severe muscle or body aches
  • Severe fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting

Symptoms of a Cold

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Mild tiredness

Sources: CDC, WHO. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.

Need your flu shot? Visit Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care. Walk-ins and online appointments available today.