Preventing the Flu is in Your Hands

It’s no secret the best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated, but there are other good health habits that can keep you feeling great this holiday season. Between the flu and other seasonal illnesses, taking these preventative steps is an important part of any healthy lifestyle.

  1. Avoid close contact

If a coworker or family member is sick, limit your close physical contact with them until they’re well. When you are sick, take strides to prevent others from getting sick as well.

  1. Stay at home when you’re sick

A good work ethic is a great thing to have, but you should always stay home when you’re ill. Better to take a day or two off work instead of spreading germs to multiple people around you. This goes for school children, as well!

  1. Cover your mouth and nose

If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose to prevent the spread of germs. We recommend coughing into your elbow rather than your hands, to limit the amount of contaminants you can spread through touch. Speaking of which…

  1. Wash your hands

Regular hand washing is important for everyone, but especially those who are sick. If you have the flu or another illness, washing your hands frequently can greatly limit the amount of germs you can spread to those around you. If you’re not sick, it can also be an important preventative tool to keep you from coming down with anything.

  1. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth

Illnesses are often spread when contaminants on your hands enter the body through your eyes, nose, or mouth. Limiting the amount you touch these areas is a great preventative step to decrease your exposure to germs.

  1. Practice other good health habits

Regularly disinfecting surfaces in the home, such as doorknobs, telephones, and cabinet handles, is a proactive way to provide a more healthful environment for your family. Getting adequate sleep, being physically active, managing stress, and eating a healthy diet are all ways to keep your immune system healthy.

Whether you’re helping stop the spread of germs from yourself, or taking strides to prevent becoming sick, the above steps are all proactive ways to promote a healthy environment. If you or your family does suffer from illness this winter, the skilled doctors and staff at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates are always available to get you back on your feet.