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How to Prevent the Flu

How to Prevent the Flu

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If there has been a small silver lining to COVID-19, it might be that cases of the flu during the 2020-21 flu season were at an astonishingly low level. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported only a handful of cases compared to the previous year: 2,038 compared to a 38 million in the previous flu season. Turns out, when asking the question “How do I prevent the flu?” many of the answers are the same tips that curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural has been a local, independent and trusted pharmacy in Green Bay for over 65 years. In addition to sharing these ways to prevent the flu, we will be hosting two Wellness Fair Events on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 & Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9am-6pm.

Each event will offer flu vaccine appointments as well as:

  • Multiple vendors booths throughout the store sharing information and samples.
  • Our nursing and pharmacy teams will be available to answer your flu and general health questions.
  • Drawings for raffle prizes, including a grand prize for an Immune Support Gift Basket.

Have more questions about ways to prevent the flu? Take a look at our flu vaccine FAQs, which addresses how you can’t get the flu from getting the flu shot, that the flu vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus and much more.

Natural flu prevention tips: The basics

It’s important to remember that flu (and colds) can be prevented with common methods recommend by the CDC. After living in the middle of a global pandemic for the last year and a half, many of these flu prevention tips are going to sound very familiar!

Avoid contact with sick people

The most common sense way to prevent yourself from getting the flu is to be smart and considerate about who you see and when. Unless you are in a caregiving situation and cannot avoid contact, don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, co-workers and others how they’re feeling in advance of seeing them—and postpone your plans if one of you isn’t feeling well.

Stay home when you’re ill

The flip side of the answer above is equally simple: If you aren’t feeling well, stay home. During the Coronavirus pandemic, many convenient options designed to help you stay in your home have sprung up, including delivery and curbside pick-up for take out meals, groceries and other necessities.

Wash your hands regularly

We can’t say it enough–hand washing is one of the simplest ways to prevent the flu. Wash hands often and for a full minute or two with soap and warm water. The CDC has a page dedicated to good hand washing hygiene that includes statistics and data, tools to help young children establish good hand washing routines and more.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cover coughs and sneezes

Make a conscious effort to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as these are the places on the body that contain fluids which can spread viruses. In addition, make sure that any time you cough or sneeze you are covering it, whether you cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.

When in doubt, wear a mask

Now that wearing a mask is much more normalized, simply keep on masking—especially in public places or in situations in which you canot avoid being near someone who might be sick.

Maintain healthy habits

In addition to regular masking, handwashing and staying home when you’re unwell, these common healthy habits can also keep sickness at bay:

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces often
  • Prioritize your sleep schedule and get plenty of rest
  • Stay hydrated by drinking the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day
  • Eat a nutrient rich diet with plenty of fruits veggies and whole grains

Get the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine has been studied in depth for many years, and each year the CDC conducts studies to determine how it protects against the flu illness. It is well established that the flu vaccine prevents millions of people from getting sick each year, reducing the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population, as well as reducing severity and the number of deaths from flu and flu-related illnesses.

When and where can I get vaccinated?

It is recommended that you get the flu vaccine in September or early October to ensure your immunity lasts throughout flu season, which is generally considered to end in February/March.

We will be hosting two Wellness Fair Events on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 & Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9am-6pm. Each event will offer flu vaccine appointments as well as:

  • Multiple vendors booths throughout the store to share information and samples.
  • Our nursing and pharmacy teams will be available to answer your flu and general health questions.
  • Drawings for raffle prizes, including a grand prize for an Immune Support Gift Basket.

Check with your health care professional if you have concerns about the flu vaccine being safe for your specific situation and needs. The two primary reasons people shouldn’t get the vaccine are:

  • An allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
  • The patient has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

How to prevent the flu at school and at work

While we advise about keeping distance from anyone who might be sick and staying home when you yourself are feeling ill, we realize that is not always easy or possible for those who have to go to school and work, especially if your school or work situation puts you in close proximity to a a lot of other people.

Here are some additional ways to prevent the flu in school and workplace settings:

Consider holding a flu vaccine clinic at your workplace

The nursing team at Streu’s Pharmacy would be happy to connect with you if you are interested in exploring this option. We have a lot of experience delivering a large number of vaccines on-site at workplaces, nursing homes and other facilities.

Encourage sick students and employees to stay home

Many schools already have guidelines in place about staying home for at least 24 hours after having a fever of 100 degress or higher. Many workplaces have gotten more flexible during the pandemic and have established more options for working remotely when possible.

Provide resources to prevent the spread

Ensuring your work or school setting is well stocked with products that wipe out cold and flu viruses can help stop the spread in its tracks:

  • Make sure to offer plenty of hand soap, hand sanitizer, tissue and other common items
  • Enhance cleaning policies and procedures and make then more frequent (again, this is already happening in many places to a large degree due to COVID-19)
  • Make additional cleaning products available on a “self-serve” basis, including sanitizing spray and paper towels

Have more questions?

Have more questions about how to prevent the flu? Ready to get vaccinated? Come to our two Wellness Fair Events on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 & Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9am-6pm.