It’s that time of year again. The weather continues to get colder in our neck of the woods and that means sniffles and sneezes are going to be headed our way once more. That also means that if you’re experiencing a sore throat, a runny nose, frequent headaches, chills, a fever, or coughing, you just might have the flu. The reality of the matter is that no matter how healthy you are, there’s still a fairly decent chance that you could get the flu. Yes, symptoms often affect people differently, but if you are experiencing any of the symptoms we mentioned above, it might be time to visit an urgent care clinic.

Fortunately for you, we have a few tips in today’s blog about how to prepare for flu season. As you might know, the flu can cause big problems for kids and for senior citizens, so practice these suggestions and be sure to share them with those who will benefit!

What Can You Do During Flu Season?

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the best things you can do when germs seem to be flying around everywhere is to wash your hands regularly. This is your first line of defense and although it isn’t perfect, keeping your hands clean can make a massive difference. Think about how many things you touch during the day that other people also touch. The rails on the stairs at work, the communal kitchen, pens or pencils, door handles…the list is nearly endless. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to keep your hands clean as often as you are able to. Keep some antibacterial hand cleaner at your desk to ensure that you always have something on hand!

Be Sure To Cover Your Mouth

Because washing your hands is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze is one of the best ways you can take care of other people. We’re all in it together and you can resist the spreading of germs by taking the time to cough appropriately. As Pam taught us in an episode of The Office, coughing into the crook of your elbow is considered one of the safest ways to do it. Alternatively, you could carry tissues or a handkerchief with you and sneeze into that for maximum safety.

Drink Plenty of Water

It’s also incredibly important to stay hydrated during flu season. Our bodies seem to naturally not want quite as much water when the weather starts to cool down a bit, but it’s still vitally important to stay hydrated. As a matter of fact, doing your best to stay hydrated can help to keep a number of different illnesses at bay. How much water do you need to be drinking? Although the rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, the truth is that exactly how much water you should drink varies greatly from person to person. For example, someone who weighs 130 lbs isn’t going to need as much water as someone who weighs 210 lbs. The best thing to do is simply listen to your body. If your urine is clear, you are probably drinking enough. If it’s not, grab a water bottle and keep on chugging.

Clean Your Desk

Another vitally important thing to do that can often be overlooked is keeping your desk clean. According to an article from the Huffington Post, “your desk may harbor 400 times more bacteria than–wait for it–the average toilet seat.” They go on to note that more than 6 out of 10 people clean their desks once a month or less. Even if you do clean your desk on a regular basis, the arrival of flu season should also mean the arrival of a more frequent cleaning schedule. Even if the above statistic doesn’t represent the cleanliness of your desk, the fact of the matter is that most desks should be cleaned more often. Keep a package of antibacterial wipes around when the weather cools down and you will go a long way towards keeping yourself flu-free this season.

Are You Looking for an Urgent Care Center?

Believe it or not, even if you follow all of the steps above and you’re incredibly careful, you might still get the flu. If that happens to you and it gets serious, don’t hesitate to visit one of our urgent care locations. Of course you can also call to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor. At the end of the day, regardless of whether you get the flu or not, the team of experts at Medics USA is here to take great care of you in your time of need. Schedule an appointment at a location near you today. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you to feel better!