Tips for Staying Healthy this Flu and Cold Season

Everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of germs that can cause many illnesses and may offer some protection against many viruses. To protect you and your family, please remember:

• Wash Your Hands: Hand washing is the best prevention against the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Hand sanitizer gel does not work as effectively as soap and water for some virus strains. Wash your hands with soap and water before eating, drinking, and after using the bathroom.

• Avoid Close Contact: Refrain from having close contact with sick people (hugging, kissing) with symptoms of contagious viruses. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Some people may just have vomiting or diarrhea.

• Cover Your Cough or Sneeze: When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with a tissue and throw it in the trash after use. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

• Avoid Crowded Areas: Do not hang around large crowds (mall, movies, etc.) during the high peak of cold and flu season.

• Don’t Share Germs: Do not share anything that goes into your mouth (drinking straws and cups). Don’t share food this holiday season and avoid touching food at parties and gatherings.

• Disinfect Your Home: If someone in your house has the flu or a contagious
illness, use a household disinfectant to clean surfaces. Disinfectant with bleach
is preferred to clean up the bathroom and other surfaces touched by someone
with vomiting or diarrhea.

• Keep Germs Away from Others: If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without using fever reduction medications. A fever is defined as 100°F or 37.8°C.

If you have questions, come see us at Synergy Immediate Care!

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