It’s Flu Season Again: How to Keep Your Family Healthy

It’s here: the dreaded flu season. But fear not! We have some tips and resources to make sure you and your family stay healthy and safe.

11/2/20232 min read

It’s here: the dreaded flu season. But fear not! We have some tips and resources to make sure you and your family stay healthy and safe. From preventive measures to immune-boosting strategies, make sure you’re prioritizing your health and well-being.

Vaccination is Key

Annual flu vaccines are one of the most effective ways to protect your family. Schedule flu shots for all eligible family members and significantly reduce the risk of infection and severity of the illness if contracted. Flu shots are free with most insurance and we’re happy to give you a flu vaccination and answer any of your questions! Book an appointment here.

Practice Good Hand Hygiene

Teach your family members, especially children, the importance of proper hand washing. Encourage them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the restroom, and after being in public places.

Boost Immunity with a Healthy Diet

A well-balanced diet is essential for a robust immune system. Ensure your family consumes a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin D, which can help strengthen their immunity. Probiotics and zinc-rich foods can also be beneficial.

Stay Active and Get Plenty of Rest

Regular physical activity and sufficient sleep are vital components of a healthy immune system. Encourage your family to engage in physical activities, get enough sleep, and establish a consistent sleep routine to support their overall health. Having trouble falling asleep? With our integrated behavioral health and primary care services, we can tackle that problem with you. Make an appointment with us!

Reduce Stress

Stress can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illnesses. Create a calm and supportive environment for your family, engage in relaxation techniques, and practice mindfulness together to manage stress effectively.

Practice Respiratory Etiquette

Teach your family to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their elbow when coughing or sneezing. Proper disposal of used tissues and regular hand washing can help prevent the spread of germs.

Keep Your Home Clean and Well-Ventilated

Maintain a clean and healthy living space by regular cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. Adequate ventilation in your home can help reduce the concentration of airborne pathogens.

Avoid Close Contact with Sick Individuals

If someone in your family falls ill, minimize close contact to prevent the spread of the virus. Designate a separate room and bathroom, if possible, and avoid sharing personal items.

Flu Medications and Consultations

Contact us to discuss antiviral medications, as they can be beneficial if taken within the first 48 hours of experiencing flu symptoms. Follow medical advice closely if any family member falls ill.

Flu Emergency Kit

Prepare a flu emergency kit with items like tissues, fever-reducing medications, thermometers, and fluids to keep your family comfortable if they become sick.

Flu season doesn't have to be a time of constant worry or fear of getting behind if you fall ill. Prioritize your health through flu vaccinations, extra vigilant hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle with movement that feels good to you and plenty of rest. What should you or a family member do come down with the flu? We’re just a call away!