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Tips for Avoiding the Flu This Year

Tips for Avoiding the Flu This Year

November is here and fall has officially arrived. Along with the cooler temperatures and fall colors comes the start of flu season. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself against the flu and other viruses this fall.

At Urgent Care of Ada in Ada, Oklahoma, our providers specialize in providing flu care—including the flu vaccine—so you can stay healthy and participate in the fall activities you enjoy. Keep reading to learn our top tips on what you can do to avoid the flu this year.

1. Get your flu shot 

Even if you got your flu shot last year, you need to get a flu shot every flu season. This is because viruses change over time, creating new flu strains. Medical researchers produce a new flu shot every year since different flu strains affect us differently. 

According to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all people 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine once every year. It’s best to get your shot as early in the flu season as possible, since it takes about 2 weeks after getting the vaccine for your body to make the antibodies necessary to offer protection. 

However, it’s never too late to get your flu shot. Urgent Care of Ada offers flu vaccines for the whole family, making it easy to get immunized this flu season. 

2. Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to avoid the flu. This is because viruses—including influenza—can survive on the surfaces we touch. 

If you touch something with the flu virus on it, then touch your face, the virus can enter your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth. The result? You can get the flu.

To avoid the flu and stay healthy this year, wash your hands frequently with hot, soapy water. This is especially important after you use the restroom, before you eat, and after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. 

We all know there are times when you simply can’t wash your hands. That’s why it’s useful to keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer close. Be sure to use hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol or more as these kill viruses like the flu. 

You can also keep your hands (and body) safe by cleaning and disinfecting high-touch objects and surfaces. It’s best to use household cleaning sprays or sanitizing wipes designed to kill viruses for the best protection. 

3. Cover your mouth and nose

Viruses like the flu thrive when people don’t cover their mouths or noses when they cough or sneeze. This is because we expel particles carrying the virus when we perform these bodily functions. That makes it the fastest way to spread these viruses. 

If you’re sick—even if you’re not sure that you have the flu—slow the spread by keeping your mouth and nose covered when you sneeze. Be sure to use a tissue or your elbow to cover up rather than your hands. 

Of course, you can’t do anything about other people covering their mouths and noses. So if you plan to be in a crowded place and want to avoid getting the flu this season, you can cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or mask. This helps you not breathe in particles containing the flu virus.

4. Keep your distance during flu season

There is no need to lock yourself away during flu season, but if you want to avoid getting sick, it’s best to keep your distance from others in crowded or busy places. This can help stop you from breathing in or touching things with the virus. 

For example, try a fist bump instead of shaking hands or kissing people outside your immediate household. And if you’re waiting in lines at busy shopping centers, do your best to stay an arm’s length away from others in line. 

You’ll also want to keep your distance from high-touch surfaces, like door knobs and handles, handrails, and countertops, as much as you can.

What if I think I have the flu?

Most of the time, the flu resolves with simple at-home care. Sometimes, however, the flu requires medical attention. It’s best to see a provider right away if you have certain factors or conditions that put you at higher risk for complications from the flu, such as:

Learn more about protecting yourself from the flu this season by scheduling an appointment at Urgent Care of Ada. We also offer an urgent care clinic for same-day treatment.

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