10 Tips to Avoid the Flu When Everyone Has It
10 Tips to Avoid the Flu this Season from FirstLight HomeCare
It’s no secret that the elderly are more susceptible to catching the flu virus, so each year it is important to take the proper precautions to keep your loved ones healthy. This year, flu season started earlier and is now widespread in 47 states, making it more severe than last year. In fact, as of January 10, this year's flu season fits the classical description of an epidemic according to the CDC. So what can you do?
The first step to prepare for the upcoming flu season is to get vaccinated. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent catching the flu and is available to aging adults. Not only will the vaccination help keep you from getting the flu, but it will also prevent you from spreading the disease to other around you, including your spouse, children, and friends. If you’re worried you might catch the flu from the vaccination, don’t worry. According to the CDC, you cannot catch the flu from the vaccination, as the influenza viruses in flu shots are inactive. Also, make sure you get vaccinated as soon as possible. Note: Any one over the age of 50 is at a higher risk to get the flu, and the vaccine usually takes two weeks to set in.
10 Tips to Avoid the Flu
In addition to getting a flu vaccination, here are some tips you can use to avoid catching the flu this year. Each day, make sure you take the precautions below in order to stay healthy this flu season.
- Wash your hands often, especially in high-risk environments like public places
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of fluids throughout the day
- Avoid others who are sick or may be getting sick
- Turn your head and cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Eat immune system boosting foods that contain antioxidants
- Include plenty of vitamins like vitamin c in your diet
- Get exercise each day
- Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces throughout your home
Announcing the Grand Opening of FirstLight HomeCare in Clearwater!
2750 McMullen Booth Road, Suite 102E, Clearwater, FL 33761
Local residents Steve and Jennifer Rattner will open the Clearwater FirstLight HomeCare on Jan. 30, 2013.
They are looking forward to providing compassionate caregivers throughout Pinellas and Pasco County. When you or your loved one needs help at home, turn to FirstLight HomeCare.
We offer complete companion and personal care services for seniors, new mothers, those recovering from surgery, or anyone who just needs a little assistance. And with our trusted, highly-trained caregivers and additional, innovative services, you’ll have even greater peace-of-mind.
Call 727-400-3403 or visit our website.