The variable weather in Hampton Roads this time of year doesn’t help keep cold and flu symptoms at bay! Being sick is never fun. Check out these top tips for avoiding the flu this season:

  • Avoid Close Contact. If you know that someone is sick or has recently been sick it is advisable to keep your distance. If you are in an office or school space where you may be seated close to others or may be sharing items such as keyboards or phones, consider wiping the surfaces of your work station down with disinfectant wipes periodically to cut down on the germs being spread.
  • Keep your hands clean. Washing your hands often with hot water and soap will help protect you and your family from germs.  If you are on-the-go, keep an alcohol based hand cleaner handy in your car or bag.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated.  Be sure to wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer after you touch things in public to help limit the spread of germs.
  • Practice other good health habits. Make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, eating well and drinking plenty of water. Consider taking a multi-vitamin and/or a vitamin C supplement daily. Always consult your health care provider before taking new supplements.

Another way to avoid getting the flu this season is to consider getting a flu vaccine. Even if you currently do not have insurance, there are many places that offer flu shots without insurance such as Walgreens and Rite Aid. The following categories of people are most at risk for contracting the flu. Ask your medical care professional if getting the flu vaccine is a good option for you.

  • Children who are between 6 months to 4 years of age. Kids LOVE to put everything in their mouths.  The flu virus is easily transmitted through commonly touched surfaces, such as shopping carts, light switches and door knobs. Be sure to use a cart cover for your child if they are riding in a shopping cart and consider wiping or washing their hands frequently.  If your kiddo gets sick, chances are pretty high that they will bring those germs home to everyone else.
  • People who are 65 and older. As we age, our immune systems start to weaken.  Talk with your medical care professional to see if getting the flu vaccine could help reduce your risk.
  • Women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, new mothers, or those who are breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, the flu can have horrible consequences to your unborn baby. New mothers and those who breastfeed know how susceptible babies are to new viruses.  Talk with your medical professional to see if getting a flu shot could help reduce your risk of contracting the flu.

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All the Best,

The CHOICE Team

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References:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, CDC. (2015, July 31). Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. Retrieved from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

FastMed. (2017). Flu Season Dates. Retrieved from Fast Med Urgent Care: https://www.fastmed.com/health-resources/flu-season-dates/