Flu season is here and germs are making their way around your town. Thankfully there are precautions you can take to ensure that those pesky germs don’t find you. Check out these 8 preventative flu tips:

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the most important step in preventing the flu. Patient First offers flu shots every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and you may walk-in any center to receive one.

Avoid close contact

Avoid any close contact with someone that has the flu. This also means avoiding close contact with others if you are sick. This will help prevent the spread of germs.

Cover your mouth

Use a tissue when coughing and sneezing. Be sure to cover both your nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. If you don’t have a tissue handy, you can use your sleeve to help stop the spread of germs.

Wash your hands

Make a habit of washing your hands multiple times throughout the day to help protect you from germs. Use soap and warm water, or an alcohol based hand rub if soap is not available, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing “Happy Birthday” through twice is long enough to do the trick!

Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth

Germs are commonly spread through touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – don’t wait. Visit your local health care provider as soon as possible.

Patient First provides flu shots through our Fast Track Flu program and you may walk-in any center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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