‘Tis the season for coughing, stuffy noses, and germs to be spread as we gather indoors to celebrate the holidays and winter months together. While most viruses can’t be completely avoided, there are some important steps you and your family can take to put your best foot forward. COVID, FLU, and RSV are spreading around our communities, plus many other forms of the common cold are spreading as well.
Staying up to date on your recommended vaccines is the most important step you can do to protect yourself from serious complications that can arise from these viruses. This is the first winter season where we have effective vaccines to protect ourselves from all three forms of these viruses! Please consult with your primary care physician to see which of these vaccines you may be eligible for. Remember that it takes approximately two weeks for your body to build full protection from each vaccine, but partial protection may be offered during the earlier days of your vaccination.
Naturally boosting your immune system is another important way to stay healthy. Eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, keeping physically active, getting quality sleep, and keeping stress levels low and manageable, are great ways to help support your immune system so that it works as effectively and efficiently as possible. Other ways to prevent the spreading of germs include washing your hands often, not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, wearing a mask in crowded settings, opening windows to increase ventilation, and staying home when sick. Please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) webpage to learn more prevention strategies that can help support you and your family during this winter respiratory illness season.