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Flu Season Tips From One of the Best Indiana Retirement Communities

Stay healthy this flu season with these 5 easy steps!

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Flu season is in full swing, which means that now is the perfect time to take some preventative measures to help keep you and your loved ones from getting sick. Our residents’ health is our top priority at Heritage Point Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living in Mishawaka, IN. That is why we want to help make sure you and your loved ones have done all you can to stay healthy this winter. Keep reading for our recommendations!

Get Vaccinated!

The number one step to take as flu season arrives is to get your loved one vaccinated. According to the CDC, a standard flu vaccination has an efficacy rate of 40 – 60% in preventing contraction of the flu. Not only can vaccination help prevent infection in the first place, but it can actually help minimize symptoms and prevent hospitalization if you or your loved one contracts the flu-virus. If you haven’t already, contact your general practitioner or a local pharmacy for information about where you can get your vaccine.

Wash Your Hands

Our second recommendation when it comes to preventing the flu is to get you and your loved one in the habit of washing your hands regularly. This can help prevent spread if you have been in contact with an infected surface or object. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water as a best practice. Washing before eating, when coming in from a public place, and regularly throughout the day can help reduce the spread to yourself and also those around you.

Avoid Close Contact With People Who Are Sick

We know, it is easier said than done to avoid people who you know to be sick, but this is still one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the flu. Similarly to the recommendations for COVID-19, socially distancing when around unknown individuals or those who may have been exposed is your best bet to keep you and your loved one safe this flu season. It is also an important reminder to self-isolate when you begin to feel under the weather to prevent spreading any sickness to those around you.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a big factor when it comes to your body fighting off infection, which is why it is on this list. Being well-rested boosts your immune system. When we sleep, our bodies produce T-cells, which are white blood cells that help fight off infections like the flu. Without enough rest, your body cannot produce all of the amazing immune-boosting cells and proteins that it needs to stave off infection, so prioritize a good night’s rest!

Try to Incorporate Vitamin C into Your Diet

Vitamin C is known to help strengthen the immune system, which is why adding foods into your diet that are rich in vitamin C can also help prevent and minimize flu symptoms. We all know the basic foods that have vitamin C like oranges and grapefruits, but try out these other foods high in vitamin C this flu season:

  • Lemons
  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Strawberries

All of us at Heritage Point Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living want to ensure that our residents are happy and healthy year-round. We will take extra care in the coming months to reduce the risk of the flu and other viruses in our community.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of one of the best over 55 communities in Indiana, contact our friendly team today!

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