As heat waves say goodbye and cold fronts roll in, so do the sniffles, unfortunately.
Along with all the fun festivities the fall and winter seasons bring, they also bring flu season. No one wants fever, aches, and pains to disrupt the holidays, so take action to avoid it this year by getting the flu shot, eating vitamin-rich foods, washing your hands frequently and keeping them away from your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Kyle ER & Hospital offers our community this refresher on the dos and don’ts of flu season.
So, you tried your best to stay healthy, and somehow, the flu still found you? It happens.
Follow these three tips for kicking the sickness:
Bed rest is critical for successfully fighting the flu. Not only will you avoid spreading the highly contagious sickness to others, but your immune system will be better equipped to defeat the infection. Cozy up under a blanket, binge-watch your favorite TV shows, and nap often during this time.
Fluids are one of the strongest defenses in beating the flu, so keep the water, juice, and warm soup coming. It’s recommended to get at least 3-5 liters of (non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic) fluids per day when sick, so drink like your health depends on it!
Although overcoming the flu without medicine might be possible, why drag it out any longer than it needs to be? Taking medication can speed up the recovery process significantly, and help you get back to feeling 100 percent faster. Click here for a list of over the counter flu-fighting medications, or come see us at Kyle ER & Hospital for a Tamiflu prescription.
As soon as you come down with the flu, it’s crucial you immediately take action against spreading the sickness. Taking measures to avoid passing the illness on to others is not only courteous but could be lifesaving for someone with a weak immune system.
Follow these guidelines to prevent spreading the flu:
Did you know that 100,000 germs can be released into the air by one sneeze? Make an effort to keep tissues handy and be sure to cover your nose and mouth when you cough, sneeze, or yawn. If a tissue isn’t available, use the inside of your elbow to cover your face.
Wash your hands often and well throughout the flu season. To ensure you’re scrubbing long enough to kill the germs on your hands, sing “Happy Birthday” in your head while washing them. When leaving a public restroom, use a paper towel to open the door, so you don’t combat your efforts to keep your hands clean.
Stay home if you’re feeling sick. No matter what you have planned, your friends, coworkers, and classmates will all appreciate you sitting it out to spare them the flu.
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, Kyle ER & Hospital is here to help. We provide flu testing, medication, and treatment so that you can get back to your A-game as soon as possible! Our doors are open 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. For the care you deserve, visit our facility, conveniently located on Kyle Center Drive.
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