The weather in Logan right now can make this a tough time of year. It’s freezing, wet, often windy, and the cold and flu season is upon us. It is important to do what you can to keep your home and body healthy to help prevent any illness. This is especially true if you have kids or pets in your home. Protect your little ones from the flu, germs, bacteria, and viruses that thrive in the winter months.
Each year we seem to confront a new and even more insidious variation of flu. An occasional day off to binge-watch your favorite shows is great except with a stuffy nose, painful cough, and fever involved. Here are some quick tips to help you survive cold and flu season and save those sick days for when you really want to use them.
Get a Flu Shot
A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, your protection from a vaccination declines over time so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the strain that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming flu season. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
While it can seem like an invonvenience to drive to your local pharmacy and get a shot, it is worth it in the long run! You may experience minor discomfort or symptoms after the shot, but it will protect against you against something much worse. Some people may experience some discomfort or minor flu-like symptoms the next day, but it will protect you from the full-blown variety.
According to the CDC, the influenza vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. For example, during 2017-2018, the flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.2 million cases, 3.2 million flu-related medical visits, 91,000 associated hospitalizations, and 5,700 influenza-associated deaths.
Wash Your Hands. Often!
Shook someone’s hand at the office? Wash your hands. Touched the grocery cart handle at the store? Wash your hands. Volunteered for your child’s class at school? Wash your hands. You can’t control everyone else’s behavior, but you can control your own!
Washing your hands helps keep those pesky germs away. Use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Scrub like your health depends on it! Don’t forget between your fingers, the back of your hands, or under your fingernails. Wash those hands several times a day!
Regularly Clean Your Home
Germs easily hide on surfaces we come into contact with everyday—countertops, desks, doorknobs, light switches, and even floors. Clean areas you use the most on a daily basis. Clean floors weekly. For a deep, long-lasting cleaning, consider using Chem-Dry in Logan, Utah’s professional carpet cleaning service.
Our Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been proven to remove 89% of airborne bacteria and 99% of hidden germs, dirt, and allergens from your carpet.
Regular exercise helps your body function better. Regular exercise helps keep your immune system strong and a healthy body equals a healthy mind too. Exercise will help you recover from a cold or the flu faster and make you feel better all year long!
Did we mention washing your hands? It’s worth mentioning again. This is your first, last, and best method to keep germs away, especially if you work in a large office or use public transportation.
Stay Healthy Year-Round With Chem-Dry of Northern Utah
We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy during cold and flu season. Don’t forget to take advantage of our free price estimate!