Stay Healthy This winter: Tips for Avoiding the Cold and Flu.

People are exposed to cold and flu germs every single day, here are a few suggestions that can help you avoid getting sick this holiday season.

Get a flu shot. It’s the No. 1 thing you can do to obviate the flu.

Couplets Good Hands– A lot! No matter what line of work you’re in, if you come in contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands over and over, as annoying as that can be, you will thank yourself later. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 seconds or more.

Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you cannot get to soap & water, sanitizer can kill cold and flu germs.

Avoid getting close to people who are sick. Not shaking hands is a great way to avoid this.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle-Get adequate rest, which many American’s do not get. Get good nutrition daily, don’t smoke, and keep your allergies controlled, because if they’re out of control, then your upper respiratory system is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus. Basically be kind to yourself and your body will thank you.
We hope you never need us, but if you do we are open 24/7 and can see any minor or major emergency. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Bellaire ER Staff

New Flu Information for 2016-2017

This is aligned right. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Flu vs. The Common Cold

The flu and the cold both are viral, respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, which can make the two difficult to distinguish. In general, the flu tends to be more severe and is more often associated with serious complications such as pneumonia.
It’s a common misconception that the flu always involves the onset of a fever, whereas a cold does not. Both the flu and cold can cause a fever, but it tends to be more common with the flu. Still, not everyone with influenza will develop a fever.
Here are the Symptoms of the flu to look out for:
Some symptoms may be more or less severe. But these are the main symptoms you can expect: fever, chills, fatigue, stuffy/runny nose, body aches, headaches, sore throat, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

A few things are new this season:

• Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.
• Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
• There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.

When and how often should I get vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later.

Need any emergency care services for Flu illnesses Call Now (713) 660-0001.

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