Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s almost time to say goodbye to the Alabama summer heat, longer days, and summertime fun. Soon, we will be saying hello to pumpkin spice everything, the autumn air, and cozying up next to the fireplace. Cooler weather drives us indoors and unfortunately spreads more germs and viruses. Don’t let pesky bugs keep you from all the activities that come with the changing seasons! Here are 3 tips to staying healthy in the coming cold and flu season:

  • Vaccination

    The best way to prevent the flu is to vaccinate against it. Many pharmacies and clinics, including Southern Immediate Care, offer affordable flu vaccinations. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine has lowered flu-related pediatric hospitalizations by 50% and flu-related hospitalizations in those over 50 by 57%. If you do become ill, having had the flu shot may lessen the effects of your symptoms.

 

  • Hand Washing

    This may seem like the simplest rule, but washing your hands regularly is vital to germ and virus prevention and healthy habits. You may wash your hands after a trip to the restroom or before handling food, but those alone will not protect you from contamination. Did you know that it is a good practice to also wash your hands after handling food, petting animals, and visiting the grocery store? Germs and viruses are everywhere, so make sure you’re using proper hand washing technique.

 

  • Disinfecting

    While it is important to keep your hands clean, it is also vital to consistently clean surfaces in your home, school, and workplace. Common germ and virus ”hot spots” are bathroom faucets, tabletops, countertops, remote controls, doorknobs, and handles. The areas with the most use should be disinfected more frequently. When shopping for disinfectants, be sure to read the label, making sure that they are an EPA-approved product that effectively kills and removes germs.

 

Southern Immediate Care hopes everyone stays happy and healthy as the seasons change. In the event that you do become ill, come to our clinic in Anniston, Alabama and let our team get you feeling back to 100%.