According to the Florida Department of Health, during the week of January 28th through February 3rd:
Flu activity increased sharply for the fourth week in a row and remained higher than any other recent flu season. In week 5, flu activity was above peak levels observed in past flu seasons.
The flu is still running rampant through the Sunshine State, and you can avoid it by taking the following actions:
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Wash with hot water and anti-bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds and dry them frequently throughout the day, especially if you are out in public and in contact with other people.
Don’t Touch Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
The flu virus enters the human body most of the time through the eyes, nose and mouth. And since the virus often travels on the surface of your hands, simply rubbing an irritated eye or tapping a finger across your lips can be enough for the flu to enter. So, keep your hands far away from your face, especially in public places.
Wipe Down Surfaces in Public Areas
Any surface that is touched by multiple people should be wiped down with a disinfecting spray at least once every couple of days–even if it looks clean already. This includes door knobs, buttons on microwaves and elevators, light switches, refrigerator handles, surfaces of desks or tables, or anything else that more than one person touches throughout the day.
Get Plenty of Rest
Getting adequate sleep each night is the best way to keep your immune system strong and able to fight off the flu bug. You should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to keep the immune system in peak fighting condition.
Get a Flu Shot
If you still haven’t gotten one, it’s not too late. Even though a flu shot is no guarantee of preventing the flu, the shot encourages your body to create antibodies to fight the common flu strains. Even if you get a strain that was not covered within the vaccination, simply getting the shot may reduce the duration and severity of the flu.
If you need a flu shot, stop by Primary Care Physicians of Florida to see one of our internal medicine specialists, and get it right away. If you are already infected with the flu, get personalized patient care get the prescriptions you need through our in-house pharmacy or use our medicine delivery service to bring your prescriptions right to your door. To schedule a same-day doctor’s appointment, just complete our short online form or call 1-866-983-9191 to get on the road to recovery right away.