THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT THE FLU … …
In the United States, flu season hits in the fall and winter with activity typically peaking between December and February, but the season can continue into May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu can cause mild to severe illness. People over the age of 65, infants and young children, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are at the highest risk for severe complications.
The common cold can cause similar symptoms, but flu symptoms are typically more severe and long-lasting. Common symptoms of the Flu include: Fever/Chills / Cough / Sore Throat / Muscle Aches / Headache / Fatigue / Nasal Congestion / Runny Nose / Vomiting and Diarrhea (more common in Children).
The good news? There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family from the seasonal flu, and the vigilance you’ve shown for behaviors like thorough handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing to prevent COVID-19 offer added layers of protection.
REDUCE YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING THE FLU:
You can reduce you and your family’s flu risk by practicing these three healthy behaviors:
1. GET AN ANNUAL FLU SHOT
Everyone over the age of 6 months should get an annual flu shot. Babies and children getting their first flu shot will need to have a series of two injections. Each year, scientists determine the flu strains most likely to circulate and include those in the shot.
Don’t forget to get your flu shot! SVMHS is holding community flu clinics throughout the fall. You can also get a flu vaccine at your doctor’s office or at many retail pharmacies. The shot is free with most insurance plans.
2. PRACTICE HEALTH-PROTECTING BEHAVIORS
The same advice you’ve been given to help prevent COVID-19 also applies to the flu. These common-sense approaches help protect you and those around you:
• Wear a mask in public places.
• Practice social distancing.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and use hand sanitizer.
• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
• Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Call your doctor if you have severe symptoms.
3. NATURALLY BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Focus on healthy strategies to keep your immunity as strong as possible:
• Find ways to reduce stress. Daily exercise and relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation may help.
• Get enough sleep. Experts recommend 7 to 8 hours each night.
• Eat a healthy diet. Focus on fruits and vegetables to get many of the vitamins you need.
• Drink plenty of water. Adequate hydration helps improve many bodily functions.
• Get moving. Exercise improves cardiovascular and respiratory health and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
• Don’t smoke. Cigarettes can compromise your respiratory health and lead to other problems.
• Avoid overindulging in alcohol. Heavy drinking can depress the immune system and lead to other health problems.
You can find more information at: www.svmh.com/flu or by calling our Health Promotion Department at (831) 759-1890.
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Salinas, California 93901
Phone: (831) 757-4333
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