Our Best Tips to Protect Your Family from the Flu
Like it or not, flu season is here, and unfortunately, Texas is currently leading the nation in highest number of reported flu cases already this year!
Fever, chills, cough, and sore throat aside, for Texans, this has also been one of the most deadliest flu seasons we’ve seen. Since October, 2017, the flu has claimed more than a dozen lives.
So what is the best way to protect your family this flu season?
Before You Get Sick:
Here are the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), 5 practical steps you can take right now to prevent spreading the flu:
- Clean hands
Wash hands repeatedly throughout the day. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose
Sneeze or cough into a tissue or into your sleeve.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick
And if you are sick, avoid coming into contact with others. Stay home!
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Germs are spread by touching an infected surface/person and then touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect
Disinfect surface areas that may have come in contact with someone who is ill.
While You’re Sick
The most important thing you can do if you suspect you have the flu is stay home and get plenty of rest. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Unless medically necessary, avoid visiting your doctor or dentist during this time.
Most people will only experience mild symptoms and are able to recover without medication. However, those that are at high risk (children, elderly, and those with certain medical conditions) should contact their health care provider if they suspect they have the flu.
Call 1-844-9MEDICO or fill out an appointment request form to schedule an appointment, if experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Getting Back to Normal
Once you’ve recovered from the flu, follow these 3 tips to avoid spreading illnesses among your loved ones:
Disinfect surfaces and clean areas you came in contact with.
Keep household member’s toothbrushes separate to avoid cross-contamination. A toothbrush that has been used during an illness should be discarded and replaced.
- Continue Good Health Habits
Getting plenty of sleep, eating nutritious meals, regular exercise, and routine well check-ups will keep your body strong to help resist future flu exposure. And don’t forget to regularly wash your hands!