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Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Flu season extends well into spring. So, prepare your family with these tips for avoiding the flu and advice on how to take better care of yourself if you do get sick.

Know what to expect from flu season

Flu season is a period of the year in which the flu virus is particularly effective at causing illness. It generally begins in October and continues through May. That means we're at risk from the flu virus for more than half of the year.

As temperatures start to dip in late autumn, people tend to stay indoors more frequently. With so many people in close proximity, the flu virus is able to spread and multiply with ease.

Prevent the spread of germs

If you feel like you’re getting sick, do your friends and co-workers a favor and stay home. Germs are easily spread through close proximity, especially through your hands. Make sure to wash them several times a day. Hand washing is also very important to do after touching your nose and mouth.

If you have the energy to do so, doing a deep clean of the house can go a long way toward eliminating germs from your household. Germs tend to congregate on surfaces like desks and tabletops. Wipe them down with a disinfectant spray to kill those germs.

Cleaning your carpets and rugs can also tackle hidden germs, especially if they have long pile.

Get more rest

The couch seems like the easiest place to catch a few winks, but your body will get more restful sleep if you move into the bedroom. Not only is your bed much more comfortable than the couch, it’s also isolated from the living room where other household activities take place.

This can be difficult if you’re in the middle of the work week, but limiting your time on electronic devices can lead to better rest. Bright screens inhibit your mind’s ability to relax, and should be turned off well before you try to sleep. That means turning your phone off or on silent so your rest isn’t interrupted by notifications.

Get the care you need

If you have the a cold or flu, get the care you need. Visit Connect to Care to schedule an appointment or virtual visit.