Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season - Women's Excellence

Cold and flu season is upon us and we want to help keep you and your family healthy!

Get Your Flu Shot

Now is the time to get your flu shot.  Most doctor’s offices and local pharmacies have the flu shot available and, in most cases, there is little to no cost for the vaccine.  Since the flu shot takes up to 2 weeks to kick-in, now is the time to get it!  Because different strains of the flu become prominent each flu season, it is important to get this vaccine each year.

Avoid the Spread of Germs

Did you know that the flu can spread from one person to another standing just 6 feet apart?  Since the flu is extremely contagious, it is important to practice good health habits to avoid spreading these germs. 

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.  It is important to wash your hands before each meal and each time after using the restroom.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work or school if flu symptoms are present.  It is important to stay home at least 24 hours after your fever has broken.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze to avoid germs from spreading.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces and workspaces that people can encounter.  This includes doorknobs and handles!

Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system helps fight illnesses and keeps your body functioning properly.  To support your immune system, be sure to enforce these healthy lifestyle strategies below for you and your family.

  • Eat a balanced diet and focus on fruits and veggies
  • Work out and stay active
  • Get adequate rest each day
  • Lower your stress
  • Quit smoking

When to See Your Doctor

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

  • Trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Fever that does not go away
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Persistent cough and wheezing
  • Continuous headaches
  • Painful swallowing that cannot be relieved.

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