4 Ways to Be Prepared This Flu Season
October 28, 2020
You can stay healthy this flu season by being prepared. Working hard to stay healthy is more important than ever, and your doctor is here to help you. Schedule an appointment and get your flu shot. On a global scale, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people around the world per year. That’s why it's extremely important to get your flu shot. You should also encourage all of your friends and loved ones to get it as well. It’s such an easy way to prevent sickness. Getting your annual flu shot is just one of the ways you can prepare for the upcoming flu season.
1. Wash your hands often
You’ve probably been hearing these three words a lot these days. “Wash your hands.” It’s true that washing your hands is effective and important. When you are out in public, your hands touch a lot of surfaces that could have viruses living on them. If you touch your face without washing your hands, you could get sick. What is the best way to wash your hands? You should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you are rubbing your hands together. If you don’t have soap and water available, you can also use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
2. Get your annual flu shot
Getting a flu shot each year is a quick and easy process. All you have to do is schedule an appointment with your PCP and they can get you taken care of. Something that takes only a few minutes could just be the thing to save your life! Make sure the whole family gets their flu shot as well. You can remind your friends and family when flu season starts to approach, so they won’t forget.
3. Disinfect your house
Use alcohol-based wipes to clean and disinfect your house often. This is especially important if you plan on having visitors over. You’ll want to disinfect your house each time a new person comes by. This process only takes a few minutes and it’s a good way to ensure you’re taking steps to fight off the flu in your household.
4. Stay away from those that are sick
If you have friends or family that are feeling sick, the best thing to do is to see them at a later time. Don’t get into close contact with someone that is sick because they could be contagious. If they start feeling really bad, then you should suggest they go to the hospital. Protect yourself and your family by being vigilant about who you are hanging out with. If you aren’t feeling well, help protect others by staying home until you feel better.
Ready to get prepared for this flu season? Schedule an appointment with your primary care provider and they’ll get you set up with a flu shot in no time! Are you worried that you may have the flu, COVID-19 or another illness? Knowing the common symptoms can help you know when and where to seek care. Take a look at this symptom chart and call your doctor or have a video consultation with a doctor 24/7 through ascension.org/onlinecare.