How can I stay healthy during flu season?

Deepa Sharma, DO
Family Medicine
There are a few things a few things you can do to stay healthy during flu season:
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, hot and cold.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.
  • Try not to touch your face, nose or mouth. - Be aware of where germs can be around you.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean your screen. Practice "device hygiene” o keep cell phones, tablets and other frequently used electronic devices free of germs.
Getting a flu vaccine is also important. If you get vaccinated and eventually come down with the flu, it’s likely your symptoms will be much less severe and the time you have the flu will be shorter. National statistics show that higher vaccination rates result in fewer hospitalizations from flu-related complications.
Randolph P. Martin, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
BBoost your immune system by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep in order to help prevent the flu. Watch this video to learn more tips from Dr. Randy P. Martin on how to stay health this flu season.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Help protect you and others from the seasonal flu with the following tips:
  • Get this year’s flu vaccine. It’s safe and effective.
  • Practice normal daily hygiene
  • Wash your hands frequently, particularly after a cough or sneeze
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Throw out tissue immediately after use
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill
  • Limit contact with others to avoid infecting them if you are ill
  • Do not share towels, glasses, food etc. or have other close contact with an infected person
  • Get vaccinated for the seasonal flu. See your health care provider and find out how
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can fight the flu. Watch the video for simple tips to avoid catching the flu virus.

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