What You Can Do to Prevent Getting Ill This Cold and Flu Season

When holiday stress is running high and the weather outside has cooled off, cases of the flu spike, so your chances of getting sick are higher. To stay healthy and keep the cold or flu from getting you down this winter, follow the guidelines below recommended by Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

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Wash your hands often

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and viruses that may get you sick. Any time you make contact with another person or touch a common surface, wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap. Remember to wash your hands before touching your face as well.

Get plenty of sleep

If you don’t allow yourself time to rest during the busy holiday season, your immune system will be weakened and less capable of fighting off the flu. Make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to sleep at night, and encourage deep, restful sleep by taking a bath or putting out scented oils to calm your senses before you fall asleep.

Get a flu shot

While a cold may only keep you out of your routine for one or two days, the flu can be much more serious and last significantly longer. Therefore, the flu shot is a powerful weapon to protect yourself from getting sick. It is important to get immunized with the flu shot every year, because the flu virus evolves quickly.

To get your flu shot or learn more strategies for healthier living, visit Regional Medical Center of San Jose . You can also connect with us through our iTriage Symptom Checker app or by joining our H2U program featuring free classes and quarterly healthy living publications to help you stay well. Learn more about us on our website or give us a call at (408) 259-4000.

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