How to Prepare for Flu Season

January 26, 2017 by Veronica Garcia
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‘Tis the season…for the flu. Actually, according to the CDC, this year’s flu season could be worse than the last. By the looks of the flu map, it’s most widespread in the northwest and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. However, you should take measures to prevent yourself from getting the flu. There are simple habits we can do to prevent germs from spreading as well as keeping ourselves in good shape.

Get Your Annual Flu Shot

Even though we do not provide flu shots at LER, we encourage you to get one. This is one of the best ways to prepare for flu season. In case you’re wondering if it’s possible to get the flu from a flu shot, the answer is no. You may feel soreness in your arm and possibly get a low-grade fever and/or headache. However, rest assured, studies have disproved this common misconception about getting flu illness from the shot.

Keep a Strong Immune System

This means regular exercise, drinking lots of fluids, keeping your stress levels low and sticking to a healthy diet. This also means staying away from people who are showing symptoms of the flu (or even the cold). Lastly, protect yourself and others by covering your coughs, washing your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Build a Flu Kit

By building a flu kit, you will avoid having to go out to the store while feeling ill! Not all of these items are absolutely necessary, but they’re good to have on hand to help you get through the flu.

  • A lot of fluids such as water, tea and/or soup
  • Tissues
  • Over-the-counter medicines to help with symptoms like coughing or sore throat
  • Thermometer
  • Our number: (956) 242-6790 (Just in case!)

 

Symptoms of the Flu

A lot of times people get cold symptoms and flu symptoms mixed up, however, there are a few differences. These are the most common symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

The best way to fight the flu is to keep your hands and surfaces clean, avoid people who are sick, get your annual flu shot and keep yourself active. We advise anyone who shows symptoms of a cold or flu to stay at home so that you prevent the spread of germs to your coworkers or students.
If you think you have the flu, come to our facility. We are fully equipped to treat your symptoms, and we’re also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More importantly, if flu symptoms turn from bad to worse, getting immediate medical care could save your – or a loved one’s – life. If flu symptoms ever evolve to coughing up blood, loud “barking” coughs, wheezing or trouble breathing, pain in the chest, bluish lips or nails or extremely high fevers then it is time to seek medical attention, immediately.
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