How to Prevent the Flu

Act now and prevent the flu from plaguing you and your family. Here are great tools for keeping healthy this flu season.

Each year, the flu makes its rounds in offices, schools and neighborhoods. But you don’t need to hibernate until spring to stay healthy. These handy tips can keep you and your loved ones flu-free this year.

Start with the best defense: the flu shot. Unlike other vaccinations, which serve for years or even decades at a time, the flu shot changes every year to address new strains of the virus. Reap the benefits! The Center for Disease Control recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months or older, and especially for those at high risk, such as pregnant women or those with weak immune systems. Flu shots are widely available and can be found at your local pharmacy, primary care physician’ s office, or free public events.

The Denton Regional Urgent Care Center at Rayzor Ranch offers flu vaccinations with no appointment necessary, on Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit our website for more information and a map with directions.

Scrub-a-dub! Wash with soap, clean water and a lot of patience. Lather up for 20 seconds or more to kill germs completely. Wash before and after meal prep, eating, handling trash or dealing with injuries. Frequency is key! When you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your face. If you do touch a germ-ridden door knob, don’t touch your face until you’ve washed up. No rubbing eyes, itching noses or biting nails. Model good habits for your children to stop the spread of illness.

Be crowd aware. Germs lurk on shopping carts, around the water cooler and on classroom tables, so wash hands after going out. If you know your child’s friend is coughing non-stop, cancel the play date. If someone starts to sneeze near you, take a step back.

Keep up the healthy habits. Maintain the basics of good health: sleep adequate hours, drink plenty of water, eat well-rounded meals and exercise to keep your immune system strong and resilient.

Prevent the flu from spreading! Denton Regional Medical Center is here to help, so please visit us online for more health information. You can also contact our Find a Physician service at (855) 477-DRMC (3762).

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