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December 21, 2018

STOP that flu from attacking you!

By Kim Graham, RN

This flu season we have already seen the flu make its way into just about every state. Centra Care data shows that numbers are still increasing. In addition to the flu shot, Centra Care physicians want to share these tips to further safeguard your family this season:

Hand Washing: Not only should you focus on proper hand washing techniques, but also keep in mind that drying hands off is just as important. According to the CDC, wet hands are more likely to spread germs than dry ones.

Sleep: Maintaining a routine helps your body and health stay in tune. Not getting enough sleep may compromise your immune system.

Exercise: Whether you’re a solo runner or stay active as a family, getting regular exercise boosts your immune system and fights off sickness.

Cover Up: Keep your coughs and sneezes to yourself by using a tissue or the upper part of your arm.

Stay Home: Anytime you or a little one are feeling ill, stay home. It’s also best to avoid those you know are sick.


Soon, we’ll be caring for your whole health as AdventHealth Centra Care. We are elevating the standard of your care with our connected network of world-class experts, the latest technology, and locations close to home. No matter where you are in life, you and your family are covered from head to toe with heart-to-heart care every step of the way.

As Florida’s original urgent care, Centra Care provides fast and convenient medical care for urgent, non-emergency conditions that include, coughs, colds, allergies and hives, flu, food poisoning, diarrhea, rashes, burns, broken bones, sprains, strains and more.

Our team of board-certified practitioners treats patients of all ages and offer X-rays, labs, and many prescriptions on site. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare, Medicaid and TriCare.

With more than 30 convenient locations, we’re available to families seven days a week with extended evening hours. No appointment is necessary but online reservations are available by visiting our website: CentraCare.org.

 

*This article is sponsored and originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.