How to Prevent the Flu in the Fall

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

According to the CDC, germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. If you see that your child is touching these places often, remind them to keep their hands down away from their face.

Wash your hands regularly

Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others all year long, but it is especially important during flu season.

Boost your immune system

Good nutrition, adequate sleep and stress management are imperative for maintaining a healthy immune system. By finding the right balance of all three, your immune system is stronger and can better fight the flu.

Clean and disinfect surfaces

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and work, especially when someone is ill. According to the CDC, the flu virus can “live” on some surfaces for up to 48 hours. By cleaning with chlorine, hydrogen peroxide or detergents, you can help prevent these germs from spreading.

Get a flu vaccination

It is recommended that everyone 6 months or older get the flu vaccine. At the Youth Clinic, we offer express flu clinics by appointment for the health and safety of your family. For more information, visit our Express Flu Clinics page.

If you or your child experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and/or fatigue, it is best to visit the doctor, so you can get taken care of. At the Youth Clinic, we are honored to be able to protect our patients and their family during the flu season through our express clinics. Visit our Express Flu Clinic page to make an appointment for you and your family today.

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