30 Jan Protect yourself during flu season
Flu season is here. It’s time to get vaccinated! Walk-ins at HDH Family Care are welcome — the clinic is open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 5 for flu shots.
Along with seasonal influenza vaccination, the Oregon Health Authority recommends these steps to avoid the flu:
Wash your hands
Washing your hands often helps protect you from germs. Use soap and warm water. Wash for 15 to 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can find these products in most supermarkets and drugstores. If the hand sanitizer is a gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol kills the germs on your hands.
Take everyday precautions
-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
-Stay home if you get sick.
-Clean work and household surfaces often.
-Wear a mask if you have a weakened immune system.
-Ask your family and friends to get a flu vaccination.
-Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
-Manage any chronic conditions.
-People who smoke get the flu more easily and get sicker from the virus. This is also true of people who breathe secondhand smoke, especially children and senior citizens.