The kids are back in school and the weather will soon begin to change and with that comes the beginning of cold and flu season. Here are some tips from Valley Baptist Health System to ensure you stay healthy this season and reduce your chances of getting sick.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands with soap and water can drastically reduce your chances of becoming sick. Most viruses are transmitted by touching common surface areas, such as door knobs, light fixtures or phones, that many people come in contact with.

Get Your Flu Shot

Getting your flu shot is the single best way to prevent the flu. Consult with your doctor if you have any underlying medical issue that would prevent you from receiving a flu vaccine.

Avoid Contact with People who are Sick – Avoiding people who are sick can lessen your chances of picking up any illnesses.

If traveling on airplanes or being in tight quartered areas wear a face mask.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle – Ensuring you get plenty of fluids, a well-balanced diet and lots of sleep will keep your immune system in top shape for staying healthy.

Even if you follow these steps, you still may get sick this season. Common symptoms to know if it’s a cold or the flu:

Cold Symptoms:

• Sore throat

• Runny nose

• Congestion

• Cough

• Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible

Flu Symptoms:

• Sore throat

• Muscle aches and soreness

• Congestion

• Fever

• Cough

• Headache

If you have any of the above symptoms, it’s important to call your doctor or seek medical attention. For more information on Valley Baptist Health System visit:

About Valley Baptist Health System

Valley Baptist Health System is an 866-bed faith-based regional health system located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

It is focused on helping people achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith.

Valley Baptist extends many of its services beyond its facilities and into local communities, offering free screenings for the community, support groups and numerous educational opportunities.

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