Fall means colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, and the dreaded flu! While flu viruses can be present year-round in the United States, we typically see cases peak in December and February. While the flu can be mild, the risk for complications increases for those 65 and older. Below are some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting the flu this season.
- Get the flu shot!- The current CDC guidelines recommend people should get the flu vaccinations by the end of October, if possible, as it takes about two weeks for the body to develop protection against the flu.
- Wash your hands! Often! Flu viruses spread easily by droplets in the air from infected people sneeze, cough and even talk. And because the virus can linger on doorknobs, handrails, and faucets, make sure you wash your hands often. Hot, soapy water is best. If you don’t have access to a sink, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can make a good substitute.
- Eat Healthy! Eating balanced meals can help strengthen your immune system. Eating certain foods may help boost your immune system.
- Stay Active! Exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system by promoting good circulation allowing antibodies to travel throughout your bloodstream faster, making it easier for your immune system to work more efficiently.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep! Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on immune function. By getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night you can help keep your body’s immune defenses at optimum levels.
On Friday, October 25th, Inlet Coastal will be offering flu shots to any resident that do not receive one through their provider. The flu clinic will open at 10 am and is being conducted by Winyah Pharmacy.