How You Can Fight of the Flu this Fall
The fall season brings with it cooler temperatures, changing leaves, bonfires, as well as the increased risk of getting sick with the flu. While the cases of this common respiratory illness ramp up during this time of year, there are plenty of ways you can help to keep yourself and the members of your community flu-free.
Getting the seasonal flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of the flu. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) advises that everyone that is 6 months or older should get vaccinated at least once each year with their age-appropriate immunization method.
It is also advised that you get vaccinated before the peak of flu season as it takes your body about two weeks to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu after getting the flu shot. Try to get vaccinated by the end of October as flu season occurs in the fall and winter.
Wash Your Hands Often
Whether you’re going grocery shopping, at work, or at school—you encounter plenty of commonly touched and used surfaces throughout your day. Doorknobs, counters, and doors are some of the many hotspots that harbor sickness-causing germs and bacteria.
To help keep your hands and body germ-free, it is essential that you wash your hands frequently and properly, especially after being out in public. Follow these steps to keep your hands squeaky clean:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water.
- Lather your hands with soap, being sure to get suds on the back of your hands and under your nails..
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands with clean, running water.
- Dry your hands with a fresh disposable hand towel or air dry them.
Cover Your Mouth
Whether you’re feeling ill or not, you can stop the spread of germs by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Rather than covering your face with your hands, use the inside of your elbow or a disposable tissue to stop your germs in their tracks.
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks and the types of vaccines that are right for you, contact Kirby Medical Center at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how we can assist with all your healthcare needs.