It’s creepy, it’s crawly, and it’s coming for you: welcome, flu season. It’s estimated that between 5% and 20% of all Americans catch the flu each year, with 200,000 of those cases requiring hospitalization. All those aches, chills, and sneezes can be avoided, however, with these tips from CarePro Health Services:
- Get shot: The Center for Disease Control stresses that yearly flu vaccines are vital to steering clear of sickness. Because the flu virus is constantly evolving, it’s important for everyone ages six months and up to receive a vaccination of the current season’s strain. CarePro Pharmacy makes this first and crucial step easy with flu shots at each of our five pharmacy locations.
- Don’t skimp on hygiene: It’s the smallest actions that make the biggest difference in your health. Practice covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, throwing away the tissue once used. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and steer clear of touching your eyes, nose and mouth to stop the spread of germs. Disinfect surfaces of high use around your kitchen, bathroom, and office space to stay healthy at home and at work.
- Say “goodnight” to alcohol: A nightcap might help ease you into sleep if you can already feel the sniffles coming on, but it doesn’t help keep you there. Alcohol interferes with you REM sleep, the deepest and most restorative part of your sleep cycle. Ditch the drink for tea or hot water with lemon and honey if you need a little warmth in your belly before bed.
- Pump protein: Protein is an essential part of an active immune system. A diet lacking in it deprives your body’s inner defense system of the building block it needs to stay strong and fight sickness. Instead, load up on foods like eggs, yogurt, and fish that are packed with protein.
CarePro Health Services wants you and your loved ones to stay healthy this flu season. Stop by one of our five pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot and safeguard yourself today!Tags: avoid the flu, flu prevention, flu season, flu shot, flu tips, prevent the flu