Flu season has arrived. This highly contagious disease presents symptoms from mild to severe, along with life-threatening complications, even in healthy children and adults.
Here are some tips to help prevent the spread of the flu
Get a flu shot. If you haven’t done so already, schedule an appointment for your vaccination. It can take 10 days to 2 weeks for the vaccine to reach its top strength.
Wash your hands. Increase your hand-washing frequency or use hand sanitizer more often. Consider adding a small bottle to your purse or car.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay out of public areas including grocery stores, school and work.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. If you have to sneeze, do so into a tissue when possible.
Practice other healthy habits. Continue to stay hydrated, get a good nights’ sleep, eat nutritious foods, stay physically active and manage your stress. Be sure to wipe surfaces with disenfectant frequently.
If you have questions on how to stay healthy during the flu season, we’re here to help. If you find that you have contracted the flu, and need a place to recover, several of our assisted living communities offer respite stays, while our centers are available if you need additional care while getting over the flu virus. Respite stays are short-term stays for those who need a little extra help while they recover, before returning home. Click here for a list of our locations.