As the winter chill sets in so does the battle against colds and the flu begins. The duo of cold temperatures and increased time indoors with loved ones for the holidays creates an environment ideal for the spread of these common illnesses. At Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc., we know the importance of health. We're here to give you practical advice on cold and flu prevention to keep you and your loved ones healthy this season.
Flu Shot: Your Shield Against Infection
One of the best ways to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot. The flu shot is used to protect against the most common strains of the virus each season. We strongly recommend that everyone who can, including children and adults, get an annual flu shot. It protects your health and adds to community immunity.
Hygiene Practices: Simple Yet Powerful
Good hygiene practices are key in stopping the spread of cold and flu viruses. Regular handwashing is your first line of defense. Wash your hands well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after coughing or sneezing and before eating. If soap and water aren't available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be a great option.
Additionally, using proper coughing and sneezing hygiene is vital. It is important to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the elbow of your arm. Instead of your hands. This helps lower the spread of infectious droplets. Throw out your tissues right away and wash your hands thoroughly.
Immune-Boosting Habits: Nourish Your Body
A healthy immune system is your body's natural defense against sickness. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. These foods have essential vitamins and minerals that support immune function.
Getting a good night’s rest is another factor in keeping a strong immune system. Make sure that you prioritize your sleep. Try getting seven to nine hours per night. When you sleep your body repairs and recovers. Thus, helping its ability to fend off infections.
Stay Active: Exercise for Immune Health
Regular exercise is linked to a lot of health benefits. Including immune system support. It is healthy for you to engage in moderate exercise during the week. This could be as simple as taking a walk, doing a home workout, going to the gym, or doing a fitness class. Exercise not only boosts the immune system but also adds to overall well-being and reduces stress.
Environmental Hygiene: Keep Surfaces Clean
Cold and flu viruses can stay on surfaces for hours or even days. Clean surfaces that are touched a lot in your home and workplace. Target doorknobs, light switches, and electronic devices. Use disinfectant wipes and cleaning sprays to keep a clean and healthy environment.
Clinicas Can Help!
This winter, protect yourself against the common cold and flu. We can do this through a combination of the flu shot, hygiene practices, and immune-boosting habits. By using these tips in your daily life you will not only protect yourself but also add to the well-being of your community.
At Clinicas, we're here to support your health journey. Let’s embrace a healthier, flu-free season. If you find yourself facing the unwelcome visitor of a cold or flu this season, CAREPLUS Urgent Care is here to help. Reach out to us for expert care and support when you need it most.