There is always caution when approaching any flu season. When you add the COVID-19 pandemic into the equation, it can leave many in the elderly community quite concerned. While it is difficult to predict what this next flu season will look like, there is no need to worry. There are a lot of measures you can take to stay safe during this flu season. Here are some ways you can ward off sickness this flu season:
A vaccine is used to introduce your body to the flu virus. This allows your immune system to have exposure to the virus and build “memory.” The next time your body encounters the flu, it will respond much more quickly and vigorously, keeping you safe.
Just because you received the flu vaccine, that doesn’t mean it is impossible for you to get the flu. A vaccine can’t entirely prevent you from getting the flu. But, if you do contract the virus, it can help you to experience milder symptoms than if you had not gotten the vaccine.
It is important to have a flu vaccine shot every year. The flu virus mutates and changes from year to year. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot already, today is a great day to do so!
Wash Your Hands and Stay Away
If there is anything we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is to wash our hands, wear our masks, and stay 6 feet apart at all times. Although it might seem like an inconvenience at times, it truly is the best way to prevent getting sick. This flu season, you probably won’t even think twice about washing your hands and avoiding those who are ill!
When washing your hands, but sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds. Be thorough, cleaning the creases in your palms, between the fingers, under the nails, and even the backs of your hands. If you don’t have access to soap and running water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well.
Be sure to routinely clean and disinfect all surfaces. The flu virus can remain on some surfaces for up to 48 hours.
Call Your Doctor
In the case that you do start developing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor right away. Your doctor could be able to provide you with the right resources to keep your symptoms from getting worse.
Maintain Healthy Habits
You want to be sure you are keeping your immune system strong this flu season. Ways to keep your immune system functioning at its best include getting a good night’s rest, eating a balanced diet, and staying physically active. Some key nutrients to consider adding to your diet are vitamins C, B6, and E. These three vitamins can also help your immune system ward off illness.
This flu season take control of your health by enacting measures to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Are you or your loved one in need of home healthcare assistance that will take your health seriously this flu season? At All-Access Home Health your health and safety is always our first priority. Give us a call today at (818)-240-4663.