With each passing day, the temperature seems to be dropping more and more. As we search in our closets for last year's winter coat and scarf, some of us may be preparing for an annual cold that seems to hit us right when the seasons change. But is a drop in temperature making us sick, or is it something else?
When the weather gets cooler and the holidays near, it’s more common for individuals to congregate indoors– making it easy for germs to be shared between people. Luckily, there are some things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from common, winter illnesses. Read about some illness prevention strategies and plan a visit to AFC Urgent Care Short Hills for acute illness treatment today!
What illnesses are common in the winter?
Learning how to recognize common winter illnesses is an important part of the prevention process. These illnesses can have similar symptoms, so you can always visit our walk-in clinic for an accurate diagnosis so we can get you on track to a speedy recovery!
Some common illnesses that peak during the winter include:
- Influenza (the flu)
- The common cold
- Seasonal allergies
- Strep throat
Tips to prevent the spread of winter illnesses:
Wash your hands frequently! The fall and winter months are loved for the celebration of holidays, which often bring together families and friends. During this time, it’s increasingly important to wash your hands while in close contact with other people, as well as when eating all of the delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas food.
Avoid crowds as much as possible. Some of us may be drawn to the large parties that congregate to commemorate New Years Eve or football homecomings, but remember that these crowds can put you at a higher risk for incurring germs that lead to illness.
If you find yourself in a large crowd, contain your coughs and sneezes. To avoid getting germs on your hands it’s important that you sneeze into a tissue or cough into your elbow. Not only will this help prevent sickness for yourself, but also for the people around you.
Get your flu shot to prevent illness this winter!
Each year, influenza affects millions of individuals. Flu symptoms can be severe and leave us feeling unwell for weeks. The best way to prevent incurring influenza this year is by getting your flu shot. The flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent flu.
On behalf of the CDC and our team at AFC Short Hills, it is highly recommended that you get a flu shot each year. Strains of influenza change annually. Cases of flu have a high risk of increasinging in offices, daycares, and schools. When you get your flu shot, you are not only protecting yourself but everyone in your community.
Visit AFC Short Hills for Illness Treatment Today!
At AFC Urgent Care Short Hills, the health of you and your family is our top priority. Our clinic provides general illness treatment and flu shots seven days a week. The clinic is open extended hours, every day of the week. We strive to make flu shots accessible for all people. Don’t leave your family’s health up to chance and let your symptoms get the best of you this winter. If you’re already experiencing illness symptoms, our healthcare providers can help treat your sickness. Visit AFC Urgent Care Short Hills on a walk-in basis. Call now for more information at (973) 671-5350.