9 Tips to Get Through the Flu Season

October 20, 2023
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Flu season happens every year, and it's essential to be prepared and proactive in protecting yourself and those around you from this contagious virus. Fortunately, there are several simple yet effective strategies to help you stay healthy and navigate the flu season with confidence. In this blog post, we'll explore nine valuable tips to keep in mind during the flu season. From the basics of handwashing and getting vaccinated to managing symptoms and recognizing potential complications, these tips can make a significant difference in your flu season experience.

1. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Studies suggest that most people wash their hands incorrectly—or at least not for long enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, being careful to focus on your fingernails and between your fingers.

2. Use Hand Sanitizer

While it shouldn't serve as a replacement for hand washing, alcohol-based sanitizer is capable of killing the influenza virus. Make sure to choose a product that has at least 60% alcohol content.

3. Disinfect Hard Surfaces

You can reduce the risk of transmission by cleaning the surfaces you regularly touch. This includes remote controls, doorknobs, computer keyboards, smartphones, and shopping cart handles.

4. Practice Good Hygiene

Make sure to wash your hands before eating or handling food. You should also avoid touching your face as much as possible, since virus particles can enter the body through the nose, eyes, and mouth.

5. Get Vaccinated

Getting vaccinated not only reduces your risk of contracting the flu but also minimizes the severity of symptoms if you do get sick. It's a simple yet powerful step in safeguarding your health and the health of those around you during flu season. 

6. Stay Home if You’re Sick

If you begin feeling ill, stay home from work to keep from spreading germs. You should also closely monitor children and keep them home from school if they start showing signs of illness.

7. Hydrate

If you do end up getting sick with the flu, be sure to hydrate yourself well. It's important to drink plenty of fluids—whether it's water, chicken soup, tea, or Pedialyte—so your body can effectively combat a flu infection. Staying hydrated at all times can also help you avoid getting sick in the first place.

8. Treat Your Symptoms

You can reduce flu symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain relievers, fever reducers, or decongestants. Just be careful not to take two medications that include the same active ingredients. If you aren't sure which medications to take, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Visit any PhysicianOne Urgent Care location at the onset of symptoms for evaluation and to understand which medications are appropriate for you. Or, meet with a PhysicianOne provider right away from the comfort of home with our 24/7 integrated telehealth service. 

9. Watch for Complications

In the vast majority of cases, people recover from the flu at home without any trouble. Sometimes, however, the flu can cause dangerous complications that require emergency medical care. If you or a family member gets sick, keep an eye out for breathing difficulties, red or patchy-colored skin, dehydration, or a very high fever. You should also see a doctor if you have existing medical problems that might leave you more susceptible to flu-related complications.

Visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Flu Tests & Flu Care

At PhysicianOne Urgent Care, we are your partners in flu prevention and care. Whether you're seeking a rapid PCR test to determine if you are suffering from the flu, or require prompt and expert care for flu-like symptoms, we've got you covered.

Our experienced providers can administer flu vaccines to ensure you're well-protected during flu season. No appointment is required—simply walk in anytime during our operating hours. We are open 365 days per year with extended hours for your convenience. You can also speak to a qualified local provider from the comfort of home with our 24/7 telehealth visits.

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one does come down with the flu, our urgent care centers are here to provide comprehensive care and symptom management. We understand that the flu can be particularly challenging, and our team is dedicated to helping you feel better, faster.

Remember, getting vaccinated against the flu is your first and best line of defense against this virus, and seeking prompt care if you become ill can make a significant difference in your recovery time. Trust PhysicianOne Urgent Care to be your partner in navigating flu season with confidence. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.

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