2013-2014 Flu Season is Off to an Early Start

The 2013 and 2014 flu season is off to an early start and Baptist Health Care wants to make sure our community is practicing proper preventive measures. Influenza causes more than 200,000 people in the U.S. to be hospitalized every year, and about 36,000 die from flu-related causes. The expert internal medicine and family medicine physicians of Baptist Medical Group share these helpful tips on how to avoid the flu this season.

Wash your Hands
Germs are everywhere and they can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours or more. Taking the time to properly wash your hands can prevent your family from spreading infection.  First rinse hands with warm water and then apply antibacterial soap. Be sure to lather hands, wrists, fingers and under fingernails. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, rinse with clean water and then dry them completely with a clean towel. 

Cover your Cough
Practice good manners and cover your cough or sneeze. Coughing and sneezing can project your germs from 3 to 12 feet onto whatever surface or person that is around you. When you feel the need to cough or sneeze, cover your cough or sneeze by using your elbow or sleeve.

Get the Flu Shot
By receiving the flu shot you can prevent yourself and your family from three common types of influenza viruses: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. The flu shot is usually low cost and accessible at any of the Baptist Medical Group practices. It’s recommended that youth and the elderly receive the shot as they are more susceptible to flu viruses. 

Make Healthy Choices
Prepare your body to fight off common colds or the flu. Keep your immune system strong by eating nutritious food and staying active.

Seek Care
Seek care if you or your loved one starts to feel ill. If you or your family member has a fever greater than 100, muscle aches, chills and extreme fatigue, then consider making an appointment with a Baptist Medical Group physician or visit Baptist Urgent Care located at 9400 University Parkway in Pensacola or at 8888 Navarre Parkway in Navarre.

For more information about the flu virus or to schedule an appointment click here or call 850.437.8600 for personal assistance.