Health Watch - Flu: Other Measures

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about preparing for flu season. This is the time to get your flu shot so you’ll be fully protected by the time flu season really gets started. This is especially important for people who have other medical conditions, like asthma, lung disease, diabetes, pregnancy or any condition that affects the immune system. What else can you do to protect yourself?

Although a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, it’s a good idea to take other precautions. Dr. James Luby, an infectious disease expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers these tips: You should avoid close contact with sick people, and when you’re sick, you should stay away from others. Wash your hands frequently, especially if you’ve been out in public. Keep your hands away from your nose and mouth. Viruses are often transmitted on the hands. It’s also a good idea to keep yourself healthy by getting plenty of rest and eating a nutritious diet so your immune system will be at its best. 

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September 2010


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