With colder temperatures and snowy days, winter can bring plenty of problems including an increase in illness. Although the 2015-2016 flu season was milder than years past, it still can cause many complications for adults 50 years or older as well as those with a history of certain illnesses. To help you combat this risk, our team at CarePro Pharmacy is equipped to assist you and your loved ones with these important guidelines.
Practice Good Habits
We have been told to practice good grooming habits since childhood. However, it is especially important throughout flu season. Washing your hands frequently with soap is one of the most important steps. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, practice good eating habits as well as physical activities and a consistent sleep schedule. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Most importantly, know your limits. If you get struck with an illness, do not try to simply power through. By staying indoors and avoiding personal contact, you can prevent spreading the infection to others.
Additional Maintenance for CPAP Users
For people that rely on CPAP or BiPAP machines, suffering from the cold or flu can be extremely problematic. The coughing and congestion combined with the dryness and consistent flow of air into your nasal passage can further exaggerate the symptoms. To aid in prevention, not only should you practice good personal hygiene habits, but wash and change your filters every 1-2 weeks. Since the inside of the machine’s tubes and mask cushions can be a potential breeding ground for germs and bacteria, make sure to clean these more frequently during the winter months.
Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot
During recent flu seasons, the CDC has estimated that between 80 to 90 percent of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 and older. The most effective measure you can take to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each year. According to the CDC, a flu shot reduces the risk of illness by 57 percent for adults age 50 and older. Additionally, not only does it combat the illness, but it can limit its effects even if you do succumb to the virus.
At CarePro Pharmacy, our team is ready to help keep you and your family healthy with in-store immunizations against influenza as well as whooping cough, shingles and pneumonia. To find a CarePro Pharmacy in your neighborhood, visit our pharmacy locations to see how we can help you stay healthy this winter.Tags: CarePro Pharmacy, flu prevention, flu season, flu shot, flu tips, flu vaccine