Colder weather is upon us and with it comes cold and flu season.
Stuffy heads, aches, pains, coughs and fevers all appear in full force because people are drawn inside, causing close proximity and more opportunities to swap illnesses.
While every illness can’t be prevented, there are precautions you can take to limit the spread and protect yourself.
Most importantly, make sure to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccinations are available at the Grayson County Health Center daily, no appointment necessary, while supplies last. Walk-ins are welcome but those interested also can call the Health Center at (270) 259-3141 to ensure availability.
The Health Center also has Pneumonia 13 vaccine available for those age 65 and older to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia, an illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. The vaccine will prevent pneumonia caused by 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumonia.
In addition to making sure you are vaccinated against the worst winter illnesses, simple hygienic safeguards can be taken to avoid getting sick. If at all possible limit exposure to people already infected with a cold or flu virus. Coughing, sneezing, spitting and contact with contaminated surfaces spread these infections, so it is imperative to regularly wash your hands with warm, soapy water. Hand sanitizers also can be used to prevent the spread of germs.
Another way to avoid getting sick is to take proper care of yourself. Eating a balanced diet full of vitamin-rich foods and regularly exercising helps boost the immune system to keep sickness at bay, as does getting the recommended amount of sleep.
Cold and flu season can be tough for many people, but by following a few easy tips you can help keep yourself healthy and prevent illness.