When winter arrives, it is important to take precautions to prevent getting sick, as winter illnesses such as colds and the flu can turn into more serious conditions like pneumonia. These simple steps can help you avoid winter illnesses and help keep your family safe from harmful germs.
Wash Your Hands Often
It is always important to keep your hands clean to avoid germs, but it is even more important when trying to avoid winter illnesses. Scrub them for at least 20 seconds, and make sure you clean between your fingers. Don’t forget to clean under your nails as well, it’s a favorite place for germs to hide.
With very few exceptions, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone ages six months or older get an annual flu vaccination. Children under the age of 5 and adults aged 65 or older should also get a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. Check with your doctor to make sure that everyone in your family has proper vaccines against things such as chickenpox and measles. These diseases weaken your immune system and can lead to more serious illnesses.
Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
An overall healthy lifestyle including proper rest, exercise, and healthy eating helps your body fight off the germs and infections that lead to winter illnesses. If you do get sick, the chances of a quick recovery and preventing more serious illnesses are better if you are in good overall health.
Stay Away From People Who Are Sick
It may seem rude not to shake someone’s hand when you meet, but if you want to prevent colds and the flu you should take this simple precaution. If you have to tend to someone who is sick make sure to wash your hands properly and dispose quickly of tissues and other items.
Contact Addison Internal Medicine
Taking these simple steps can help you prevent winter illnesses, but you should also consult Addison Internal Medicine in Addison at (972) 301-7060 or in Carrollton at (972) 763-5666 for further information or to seek treatment.