Items to Have on Hand During Flu Season

Flu season ahead

Even healthy adults can succumb to the flu. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose urges all individuals in the greater San Jose region to get their yearly flu vaccinations prior to the commencement of the flu season. In addition to this important prevention step, you can keep the following items close at hand to help cope with the flu season during the next several months.

Hand Sanitizer
A flu vaccination can substantially lower a person’s risk of getting sick , but it cannot completely prevent contraction of the flu. Because this illness can travel through hand-to-hand contact, keeping the hands free of germs is integral to staying healthy all winter long. Whenever one or both hands come into contact with a potentially germ-infested surface, such as a doorknob or gas pump, clean them immediately with hand sanitizer.

Tissues
Tissues are great at containing the germs that could travel from mouth to hand, eye, or nose when a person coughs or sneezes. Have them ready if someone is about to cough or sneeze. If you are the person who is doing the coughing or sneezing, always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs that could lead to the flu.

Doctor Contact Information
The flu could bring on serious complications, including fatigue, fever, and dehydration. If you or a loved one becomes sick, do not wait to get help if the illness progresses or turns severe. Having your doctor’s phone number on hand is key to preventing a serious case of the flu from becoming a grave one. Your doctor can instruct you on how to manage flu symptoms, and if necessary, he can recommend a trip to urgent care.

Don’t chance your health by not getting your annual flu shot. To schedule your vaccination, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. If you suspect that you or a loved one has the flu, use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system to track symptoms and find ways to manage them.

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