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Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

By Erin Bateman, PA-C, Valley Health Urgent Care | Ranson

Busy lives can easily be interrupted by seasonal illnesses. As we head into cold and flu season, it is important to take steps to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

I always tell my patients that common sense precautions go a long way! Handwashing after being in public areas and before eating are good habits to get into as well as keeping hand sanitizer in your bags and vehicles so that you can disinfect on the go. If you are sick, it is best to stay home to prevent spreading it to others. The common cold and flu can be life threatening to the very old and the very young, so it is important to stay away from these groups of people when you are sick.

Your body can best fight illness when it is well balanced. Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep are all important in avoiding illness and in recovering if you do become ill. Getting a yearly flu shot will also help prevent the spread of the flu virus.

Always remember if you are not feeling well, our doctors, Advanced Practice Clinicians and nurses are here to care for you and your family members. With primary care practices, as well as urgent care and quick care locations, it is easy to get the care you need when you are under the weather.

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