The new year is here, and from the team at Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah, we wish you and your family the best of health this year! But now that winter is in full swing, it’s the peak of flu season.
The good news is that you can take steps to keep yourself safe and healthy during flu season. As part of our comprehensive primary care line of services, our board-certified medical providers offer specialized flu care, including preventive flu shots and treatment during illness.
Keep reading for our top tips on staying free from influenza this year!
1. Get your flu shot
Before each flu season, scientists adjust the flu vaccine to protect against new flu strains. For the best protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages all people over 6 months old to get this important vaccination in late summer or early fall, before flu season starts.
If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, don’t worry! You can still get it. Your Wasatch Peak Family Practice provider offers flu vaccines for the whole family. And if you already have flu symptoms, your provider can diagnose what’s making you sick and determine if prescription antivirals can help reduce the intensity and duration of your illness.
2. Try to avoid germs from others
It’s hard to totally avoid germs, but keeping your distance from others when you’re out and about and avoiding kissing or shaking hands with people helps protect your health by stopping the spread of viruses like the flu.
Another way to avoid germs from others is to avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces. The things people touch often can carry the virus, so think twice before touching things like phones, door knobs or handles, and handrails. And if you do touch them, use hand sanitizer afterward.
3. Wash your hands frequently
Washing your hands frequently helps keep you healthy by preventing the virus from entering your system after you touch your hands to your face. It’s best to wash any time you touch a shared surface, before eating, after using the restroom, after shaking hands or touching someone, and any time you blow your nose or cough.
Use hot, soapy water, and be sure to clean between your fingers. For those times you can’t get to a sink, keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hand. Make sure to buy a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for the best flu protection.
4. Improve your immunity
Having a strong, healthy immune system helps you fight off the flu and other viral infections. And if you get the flu, having a robust immune system can mean being sick for less time and with less intense symptoms. Fortunately, you can take steps to improve your immune system.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is a good first step. Focus on eating healthy foods by avoiding processed or packaged products, sugary foods, and foods high in fat. Instead, reach for more fruits and veggies. And be sure to exercise regularly for the best protection.
For personalized guidance on staying safe and healthy this flu season, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah.