Learn how to keep yourself and your family safe this flu season.

The flu is on the rise. With active flu season in full force and some areas reaching epidemic rates, it’s more important than ever to learn how to prevent the flu. Be diligent and do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe from this highly contagious virus.

Practice efficient and frequent handwashing.
According to the CDC, many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. The first defense against the flu is to wash your hands frequently and wash them well. Practice washing your hands thoroughly and teach your children to do the same. Bring hand sanitizer with you for times when you can’t access soap and water. Wash before meals, before and after touching your face, and every time you get home.

Take care of your body.
Don’t let your immune system get run down with stress, lack of sleep or poor diet. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you’re not more susceptible to germs. Try to maintain a regular fitness routine on top of a healthy, balanced diet. If you’re experiencing stress, work on finding ways to cope and to limit the stressors in your life. Take a multivitamin if your doctor recommends it.

Get a flu shot and go to the doctor when you’re sick.
Doctors may be able to prescribe antiviral medication to help limit flu symptoms if caught within 48 hours. If you think you may be coming down with the flu, get medical help as soon as possible. Don’t go to work or send kids to school. If someone in your home is sick with the flu, be extra vigilant about keeping germs contained and washing hands frequently. Remember to get your flu shot if you haven’t taken care of it already.

Take control of your health and safety this flu season. Visit North Hills Hospital online for a list of family physicians offering the flu vaccine, or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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