Stay Sniffle-Free the Flu Season!
Flu season and cold weather is here, Meadowlands wants to help you stay sniffle-free this fall with some tips and pointers on how to avoid getting sick. There are a number of quick and easy ways to avoid spreading an infection around. This flu season you can help yourself and avoid getting sick.
Here’s what some of our MHMC specialists from Infection Control had to say about avoiding the flu. Always:
- Get your flu shots. Preventative measures are always the best at keeping the flu at bay this season. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center is offering free flu shots to adults 18 and over in the community of Secaucus. Don’t wait! Learn more about Meadowlands’ free influenza program by calling a live representative at: 201-392-3223.
- Wash your hands. Germs and viruses are all over the place, and in some spots you wouldn’t even expect, so don’t let your hands become homes for the flu. Remember to wash and dry your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap, using disinfectant foams or lotions liberally from time to time throughout the day. Be courteous to others and remember to always cough or sneeze into your shoulders, not your hands, as this can unknowingly lead to the further spread of germs and viruses.
- Drink plenty of liquid. Remember that your body is always fighting dust, foreign particles and germs as they enter your body. You can do yourself a favor and keep your immune system at the top of its game by drinking more water than you usually do. By keeping hydrated your body functions work more efficiently in fighting the flu.
- Eat healthy. Although it’s always important to eat a balanced diet of vitamin C and D rich greens, fruits with plenty of fiber and vitamin C and at least some fish and lean red meats for protein, try to stay conscious of what you eat this flu season. Avoid consuming sugary drinks, candies and snack foods. Another good tip is to consult with your local physician or family doctor and ask them what kinds of vitamins you might want to take to give your immune system a special boost.
Remember, if you are sick this flu season it is important to do all of the above on top of getting plenty of rest, avoiding alcohol and cigarette smoking ; hold off on your usual exercise routine in order to give your body a fighting chance.
Always listen to your body and take the proper steps to prevent yourself from getting worse while sick with the flu. Don’t ignore your symptoms. If you find it is harder to breath, experience excessive vomiting, have a strong fever with feelings of nausea and dizziness than contact your local hospital and get in touch with a trusted physician or family doctor immediately.
Stay flu-free this season and visit us at Meadowlandshospital.org for more tips on how to keep yourself and your family healthy.