Tips For Avoiding Getting Sick During Flu Season

Tips For Avoiding Getting Sick During Flu Season

The fall is upon us and winter is fast-approaching which means one thing for people of all ages: it is about to be flu season. This is a very difficult time of year not only for kids and seniors, who are at the highest risk for getting the flu but for all adults. Everyone is susceptible to the flu, especially during this time of year. If you get the flu it can lead to severe illness, hospitalization, extreme dehydration and in severe cases, even death.

This is why during this time of year, more than ever, you need to be aware of some of the best tips for avoiding getting sick during flu season so you can keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible all season long.

  1. Wash Your Hands

It’s amazing how many adults forget about washing their hands. Washing your hands isn’t just important for kids—everyone should wash their hands with soap throughout the day, especially after using public facilities like the restroom. Use the old trick of singing “Happy Birthday” while you wash your hands to make sure you are washing long enough. Just running water over your hands won’t clean them.

  1. Leave Your Face Alone

Your hands are a magnet for germs. Just think about how many things you touch every day. In addition to washing your hands throughout the day—try not to touch your face during the day, it only spreads those germs.

  1. Avoid Sick People

If other people around you are sick—avoid them. If your friend is coming down with the flu, don’t go to their home to visit them, you are just putting yourself at risk for getting their illness.

  1. Sleep

If you want your body to be its healthiest, you need to sleep. Plain and simple. Sleep helps your immune system stay strong and gives you the energy you need to fight off any illnesses that may come your way.

  1. Hydrate

Your body runs off of water so if you want your body to be as strong as it can be to fight off the impending flu virus, you need to continue to give your body the water it needs to function. You should be drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water per day to keep your system up and running.

  1. Give Your Body the Nutrition It Needs

It can be really easy to eat a lot of junk food during this time of year, especially when it gets cold and the holidays come around. Continue to eat as healthy as possible—the more nutrients your body can get the stronger it will be.

  1. Get Your Flu Shot

This is the most obvious and most effective way to protect yourself from getting sick this flu season. The flu shot is such an important defense mechanism against the impending flu. You can get your flu shot from your healthcare provider, or even at the local pharmacy. You don’t even need to make a physician appointment, meaning you can get in, get your flu shot and get on with your day with a new defense against flu season.

If you have additional questions about keeping your children safe from the flu or to schedule an appointment for your family’s flu shots, you can schedule an appointment with our office by calling 817-617-8600 or scheduling online at