It’s the time of year for flu-like symptoms…sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose.
Experts at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing say they’ve seen patients coming in with those nasty signs, and they’re not alone.
According to the CDC, nearly 3M Americans have visited the doctor with flu-like symptoms since October.
Patient Safety Specialist, Phyllis McLellan says there are ways to avoid getting sick.
Her first suggestion: sleep.
“Stay healthy. Making sure that you get adequate rest and nutrition,” says McLellan.
Adults should get anywhere from 6-10 hours of sleep each night.
McLellan says exercising and staying hydrated can also ward off the flu.
Along with daily health, she encourages wiping down cell phones and surfaces like countertops and doorways. Places that viruses tend to call home.
With that in mind, she says washing hands and using sanitizer is key.
“Hand sanitizer is very effective. it includes alcohol which is, kills things on contact,” says McLellan.
Another simple tip, covering your cough.
An action that may not seem like a big deal but can send germs further than you think.
“The droplets can go about 2-3 feet and so you want to make sure you keep your distance from other people if you’re not feeling well,” says McLellan.
Her last tip: she says it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
“You want to make sure you go and do that because it takes about 2-3 weeks to build up in your system so that you have the proper immunity,” says McLellan.
If you start to feel sick, McLellan says make sure to call your doctor because it’s better to get checked out than not.