5 Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu

Coughing, sneezing, congestion, fatigue, body ache, sore throat, fever: all of these and more can be symptoms of the common cold or other viral infections such as the flu.

Getting a cold or even the flu is never a fun experience, but there are a few ways you can avoid getting sick.

  1. Cough in your elbow: If you don’t have a tissue handy, avoid coughing and sneezing directly into your hands and use your elbow as an alternative.  Covering your mouth with your hands is always better than not covering at all, but to reduce the potential of spreading germs, be sure to cover your sneezes and coughs and wash your hands after sneezing or coughing directly into your hands.

  2. Always wash your hands: Your hands are the tools you use to do simple, mindless tasks, such as open doors, type emails, and scroll through social media to check up on your friends and family and get the latest trends or news topics.  That being said, your hands are also hosts to a plethora of germs from the door, to your laptop, to your phone.  Be sure to wash your hands often as well as sanitize surfaces to stop germs and bacteria in their tracks.

  3. Sharing is not always caring: Not everything is shareable if you truly care about your health.  Viruses and bacteria live in saliva and can be passed around by sharing drinks, food, eating utensils, and household items such as towels and bedding.  Enjoy your own food and drinks and politely decline invitations to share with others to reduce your risks of getting sick.

  4. Wash bedding and towels more often: Washing your bedding and towels is a chore you probably put off because it can be a tedious process, but it’s also something you should be doing at least once a week, as towels and bedding store dead skin cells, sweat, saliva and icky things you don’t want to think are on your sheets.

  5. Understand your symptoms: If you feel a cold or something else coming on, be sure to recognize your symptoms.  If you’re unsure of your lingering cough, or if you’ve had the sniffles for more than a few weeks, don’t hesitate to visit a medical professional to have your symptoms evaluated.

If you’re suffering from a cough that just won’t go away, or you feel like you’re constantly reaching for a tissue, don’t hesitate to visit Synergy Immediate Care.  Our medical professionals are fully equipped to diagnose your cold and flu-like symptoms and provide treatment to get you on the road to a speedy recovery.

We also administer low-cost flu shots to get you ready for the flu season.  Getting your annual flu shot is the best way to reduce your sick of getting sick with the flu as well as reduce spreading it to others.  Synergy Immediate Care provides walk-in flu shots so you can come in at your convenience.

For more information about our treatment for upper respiratory illnesses, or to take advantage of our urgent care and primary care services, visit us today, or call us at 703-942-5331.

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