With flu season already in full blast, what can you do to stay healthy, protected and avoid getting sick?
Hygiene – this is a basic concept but also the most important.
- Wash your hands after touching public space items such as handrails and doorknobs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- When coughing or sneezing, be sure to cough/ sneeze into your elbow. This can prevent the spread of germs.
- Stay at least 3 feet away from the person that is coughing or sneezing.
Vaccination – get your flu shot.
It’s now easier than ever to get the flu shot. No more scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. Get a flu shot at local pharmacies in your area without an appointment. Stop by a local Walgreens, CVS or any pharmacy in your area to see if they offer this service. The average cost of the flu shot in the US is typically $30 – totally worth it to avoid the pain and suffering.
Sharing – sharing is caring…but not when it comes to the flu.
Avoid sharing drinks, food, utensils, pillows, etc. By sharing these common items with a person that’s sick, once the germs enter your system, you will have a greater chance of getting sick.