Health Tips to Avoid Winter Illnesses

5 - shotsSynonymous with snow and Christmas, winter is also the season for sore throats and runny noses. In addition to flu season, the colder months give rise to a variety of common ailments that can leave us feeling miserable and rundown. Fortunately, you can drastically reduce your risk of getting sick this year by following some practical winter health tips.
Get a Flu Shot
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By getting vaccinated against the flu, you can substantially decrease your chances of contracting this serious infection. While many regard the flu as a minor illness, it can actually lead to serious complications that hospitalize tens of thousands of people each year. It also forces numerous people to miss extended time at work. In fact, according to the CDC, the flu accounts for 111 million workdays, resulting in an estimated 7 billion in lost productivity.
Practice Good Hygiene
We all like to think we practice good hygiene, but many people don’t go far enough when it comes to containing the spread of germs. To effectively prevent the spread of germs, you need to wash your hands frequently. At the same time, you also need to scrub them long enough to remove bacteria and virus particles. According to the CDC, you should wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. This generally equates to the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice inside your head.
Change Your Habits
It’s very common for people to contract viral infections by touching their noses, eyes or mouths with tainted fingers. Many people don’t realize how often they unconsciously touch their faces either out of habit or to scratch an itch. Try to be cognizant of your habits to reduce the chances of transmitting germs from your fingers to your face.
Sanitize
Hand sanitizer can go a long way toward reducing your risk of wintertime illness. At the same time, it’s important to sanitize commonly-used items and surfaces when you live with or are caring for someone who is ill. Regularly wipe down light switches, remote controls, toilets, refrigerator handles and any other community items.
Take Care of Yourself
To make sure your immune system is in high gear, take steps to promote a healthier body. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get a regular amount of sleep each night. While these measures might not prevent you from getting sick, they can blunt the impact of a potential infection and help you get better quicker.

Health News + Events

TikTok Health Hacks: Safe or Sham?

No matter your preferred social media channel, you’ve likely seen viral health hacks for everything from congestion to snoring to weight loss. We turned to our team of certified  Read More

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

Top Health Concerns For Men

Did you know that the average man pays less attention to his health than the average woman? That’s according to Harvard Medical School, which also states that men are more likely  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Patient
Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Patient
Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Patient
Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Patient
Somers, NY