Seasonal flu activity typically begins in October and November and can last into late May, but the worst of it typically occurs sometime between December and January. Even though there have not been many cases of flu reported within Florida so far this year, you shouldn’t assume that this will be a mild flu season.
Since last year’s flu season was long and difficult, it is a good idea to prepare for the 2018 and 2019 flu season early by remembering these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu in your home, school or business.
Prevention is the best way to avoid the flu and the best way to prevent it is by getting your flu shot early in flu season so you have some immunity before it breaks out and spreads through your community. Everyone older than six months should get a flu shot each year, especially those older than 65 years of age and other vulnerable populations. Getting your annual flu shot is an essential part of your senior health care regimen for anyone over 65.
Probably the easiest way to prevent the spread of the flu is by washing your hands often with hot water and anti-bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. But don’t forget to dry your hands afterwards, because the flu loves damp surfaces.
The flu is a hearty virus that can survive on hard surfaces anywhere from 24 to 48-hours, so it is important that you wipe them down with disinfectant at least once a day, particularly in common areas where many people get together such as conference rooms, break areas, bathrooms, and on objects such as door handles, snack and soda machines, microwaves, light switches, and any other surface that might be touched by more than one person every day. They can be cleaned with products containing soap, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and chlorine.
Flu enters the body through the soft tissues of the nose, mouth and (most often) the eyes. So, if you have a habit of touching your face, rubbing your eyes or nose, break that habit. This is the easiest way to contract the flu. Because it spreads through tiny droplets that often land on your hands, if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you’ve got it. Prevent the spread flu by keeping your hands away from your face.
Don’t be one of those people who want to prove their dedication to their co-workers by coming to work while sick. You won’t be any good to yourself or anyone else at the workplace. All that you’ll manage to get done is to expose everyone else to the flu. You should not return to work until 24-hours after your fever breaks.
We have flu shots ready and waiting for you. Protect yourself from the flu and contact Primary Care Physicians of Florida to get it done today. We have doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid on staff, as well as others who are on the list of Humana healthcare providers.
Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UnitedHealthCare, Molina, and Guardian. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.
Set up a same-day doctor appointment by filling out our online contact form or calling 954-983-9191 to get your flu shot today.