Urgent Care Center Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu This Holiday Season

You know when you’re about to get the flu. Not only do you feel feverish, but you also have a pounding headache, a sore throat and body aches. The flu is even more prevalent during the holiday season. This is because the flu virus, specifically the microorganism that produces the disease, is better transmitted in low humidity conditions and low temperatures.

Here are a few recommendations and preventive measures that you can take to avoid getting the holiday flu.

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Get a seasonal flu shot. This might be the best way for you to protect yourself against the flu virus. If you are in or around Seattle, you can ask an urgent care provider in Northgate about the vaccine’s side effects to determine if it is right for you. To prevent the flu from ruining the holiday, it is recommended that you get a seasonal flu shot, especially in areas with a harsh winter such as Seattle.

Avoid contact with people who are showing symptoms. The flu can be transmitted from a day before the symptoms start to develop, to five to seven days after the person becomes sick. This is slightly different for children who can transmit the virus for a longer period of time.

Wash, rinse, repeat. Contrary to what most people think, airborne diseases are more commonly transmitted from touching infected surfaces, so you should wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Try not to touch your mouth, eyes and nose if you have been in contact with surfaces that could be contaminated, such as public restroom doors. You should also sanitize and clean any objects and surfaces in your home or office that might have been tainted.

Preventing Others from Getting Sick

You should avoid contact with healthy people, and stay at home if you can, to keep others from getting infected.  Try to leave your home only if you need to get medical care. This should be done until a day after the fever has receded. While symptomatic, avoid sneezing or coughing without covering your face with a tissue and throw the tissue away right after you’ve used it.

If you think you might be getting the flu, visit your nearest Northgate urgent care center, such as U.S. HealthWorks. The medical professionals there can help you deal with the symptoms or give you advice on how to prevent the flu during the holidays.

Northgate urgent care medical professionals can provide information about the seasonal flu, advice on the flu shot and some recommendations to avoid getting sick.

Sources
The Reason for the Season: why flu strikes in winter, sitn.hms.harvard.edu
CDC Says “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu, cdc.gov

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