Avoid a Trip to Urgent Care This Winter with These 5 Flu Prevention Strategies

Avoid a Trip to Urgent Care This Winter with These 5 Flu Prevention Strategies

The risk of getting sick becomes more significant as the weather gets colder, thanks to a weakened immune system. When flu season approaches, it may seem inevitable, but there are ways that you can prevent getting sick this season.

With experts from urgent care and primary care doctors at Rapid City Healthcare in Irving, Texas, you'll be sure to get the best care possible. However, as flu season approaches, we also want you to keep as healthy as possible. That's why we always encourage our patients to ask any questions, and we're happy to answer them!

In the meantime, we've developed five strategies to help you with flu prevention this winter.

1. Wash your hands

You may not realize how many germs lay on your hands just from everyday activities. That said, washing your hands with soap and water is important. You can use an alcohol-based rub if you do not have soap and water handy.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, hands, or nose with dirty hands

The germs on your hands (if you haven't cleaned them) can spread to other body parts when someone touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Think of using your cell phone if you haven't wiped it or touching a doorknob at a public building and then scratching your nose. Only touch these areas when you know your hands are clean.

3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

It's important to cover yourself to stop the spread and help protect other people from catching your germs through droplets in the air. Whether you're coming down with something or it is allergies, an uncovered cough can bring germs into the open. To adequately cover, use a tissue. If you don't have access to tissue, use your elbow, not your hand.

4. Get a flu shot

While this may not be 100% effective, getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and its powerful effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is recommended to get an annual flu vaccination for everyone aged six months or older. 

5. Keep your distance

Winter means you're susceptible to getting sick. If you know someone who is ill or hear someone coughing or sneezing, it is best to distance yourself from them. This way, you stay away from germs as much as possible. The same goes for if you're sick. Do your best to stay away to avoid others from getting sick. 

At Rapid City Healthcare, our board-certified team of doctors is here to answer any questions regarding the flu and how to prevent it during the winter season. If you feel under the weather and are experiencing flu-like systems despite your best prevention efforts, schedule an appointment online today, call our office, or visit our urgent care center.

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