As the weather starts to change we have lots to look forward to - cooler weather, falling leaves and layering of jackets and scarves. However, this time of year can also mean runny noses, scratchy throats and a cough. Be prepared to fight the flu with these 8 easy tips.

1.  Get the flu shot soon. Your physician’s office and many pharmacies offer the flu shot.  Getting this is especially important if you are part of certain populations including the very young, the elderly, are pregnant, or immunocompromised. 

2.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This includes avoiding crowded places during flu season to prevent the spread of the virus. 

3.  If you feel sick, stay home. Your body will recover faster and you will prevent contaminating others. 

4.  When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sneeze into the bend of your elbow. If you are sick, this can help prevent transmission. 

5.  Wash your hands often. You come into contact, on a daily basis, with more than you think.  This will help prevent germs from entering your body from things you touch.  Alcohol based hand sanitizer can also kill cold and flu germs and can be used if your hands are not visibly soiled.

6.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. This will help keep germs from entering the body. 

7.  Practice good health habits. Keep your environment clean and disinfected, get plenty of rest, maintain physical activity (even in the winter months), decrease your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a healthy diet. 

8.  If you get the flu and are prescribed antiviral drugs, take them as prescribed. They can help shorten the time you are sick and prevent complications.

Stay Healthy!

Your Kare In Home Team