Flu Prevention

Patricia Thomas, RN | Tower Health Urgent Care – Regional Nurse Manager

Here’s Everything You Can Possibly Do to Avoid Catching (or Spreading) the Flu

Get your flu shot

  • Flu shots are $35 at Tower Health Urgent Care | Free with Medicare and Capital Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurances.

Practice proper hand hygiene

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand rub, especially after coughing or sneezing

Remain cautious

  • Stay at least three feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces when someone around you is sick

Remain mindful

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • If you do not have a tissue, use the upper part of your sleeve
  • Stay home when you are sick

Practice healthy habits

  • Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of fluids
  • Store your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes; a communal toothbrush holder contaminated by an infected person’s toothbrush could transfer germs to yours
  • Avoid sharing food with infected people
  • Manage your stress

– Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet
– Meditate
– Incorporate a deep breathing strategy into your daily routine
– Talk through or write about your stresses
– Make time for activities you enjoy

Adults with the flu can spread it to others starting the day before they first feel sick and up to 5 to 7 days after they first feel symptoms. Children may be able to spread the flu for even longer than 7 days.

Although it is best to get your flu shot by the end of October before the flu season peaks between November and March, it’s not too late to get one now! The virus can continue to spread until May.

Just walk in to any of Tower Health Urgent Care’s 19 locations to get your flu shot today.

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