November is well under way and you may have noticed your friends and coworkers missing from the office. If the people around you are getting sick, you are at risk for getting sick too. The flu virus is highly contagious. It is present in the body for several days before presenting symptoms. This means your coworker who was sitting at the desk next to you a few days ago was likely carrying the flu before they even knew it. If you want to avoid missing days of work or school, the best defense is receiving an annual flu shot.
The best time to get the flu shot is in October, but it isn’t too late to benefit from a flu shot. If you haven’t gotten sick yet, or even if you have and want to avoid getting sick again, the first step should always be a flu shot.
After you have received your shot, make sure you are following best practices in order to stay healthy. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently. Also make sure to avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes to prevent getting sick. Many germs are passed to us this way.
It is also a good idea to regularly disinfect any surfaces that people who may have been sick have touched. Things like chairs, tables, and other common area surfaces can often breed germs. It is best to wipe them down regularly. Always make sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well, and wash your hands immediately after.
Don’t worry about missing days of work or school this winter during the height of flu season. Make sure to come into Medinet for your annual flu shot. Our flu shots are covered by most forms of insurance. Even without insurance, at only $28 a shot it is still affordable to keep your whole family healthy.