Flu season is here, as we reign in the fall and prepare for the winter, it is important to focus on ways in which we can keep ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy. Not only is October a time where we bring out the pumpkin spice everything, it is also the month where flu cases begin to rise.
To help prevent a cold or other respiratory infections, reference the following tips from the American Lung Association:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based cleaners are a good substitute if you cannot wash.
• Avoids crowds during the cold and flu season.
• Good oral hygiene can protect you from the germs in your mouth leading to infections. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and see your dentist at least every six months.
• Get vaccinated every year against influenza. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you.
• If you get sick, keep it to yourself! Protect the people around you, including your loved ones, by keeping your distance. Stay home from work or school until you’re feeling better.