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How to Protect Yourself During Flu Season

It's no secret: the flu can significantly disrupt your daily life. As we dive into flu season, it's important to take some simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. So here is our practical advice to help you stay healthy during this time.


Get vaccinated.

First things first, get your flu shot! This is your best defense against the flu. The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for almost everyone, especially those at higher risk, such as young children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic health conditions. It is never too late to get vaccinated, so schedule your appointment today.


Practice good hygiene.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs. Dispose of your tissues properly and wash your hands immediately afterward. Washing your hands regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, so use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after being in public places or around sick people, and keep some alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you just in case.


Be sure to keep your environment clean as well. Help eliminate germs that may linger on surfaces by regularly disinfecting the frequently touched items in your home, school or work. This includes doorknobs, phones, keyboards, tables, etc.


Avoid touching your face.

The flu virus can enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth, so try to avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. This simple habit can significantly reduce your risk of infection. If it helps, you can wear a face mask while out in public to prevent yourself from touching your face.


Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A strong immune system is your body's best defense against infections. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, manage your stress and get plenty of sleep.


Stay home when sick.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you still get sick. If you experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and/or headaches, consult your primary care provider as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve your recovery. It's also important to stay home from work, school or social gatherings if you're feeling under the weather. Resting and avoiding contact with others when you're sick can prevent the spread of the flu to those around you.


Remember, while these tips can help reduce your risk of getting the flu, they aren't foolproof. The flu virus can be unpredictable, so be vigilant and proactive about your health. By taking these simple precautions, you're not only protecting yourself but also protecting the health and well-being of your community.


We wish you a healthy and flu-free season ahead! If you have any questions about the flu or need to schedule your flu shot, feel free to give us a call or stop by our office to speak with our primary care provider.


 

About Odessa Medical Enterprises

We are the office of Dr. Khavar Dar, MD and Janette Ornelas, FNP-C, providing pulmonary, critical care and primary care to patients in Odessa, TX. At Odessa Medical Enterprises, we believe that compassion is crucial for effective treatment. Together, we consider it our mission to serve our community and beyond with the utmost care.



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