Riding Out Cold and Flu Season in 55 Plus Communities in Austin TX

Precautions you can take this season to stave off illness


Cooler months are here, and so is the flu and pesky colds. While many of us do the basics when it comes to weathering the season (pun intended), there are plenty of other tips and tricks to keep you safe from, or at the very least ward off illness.

In our Austin, Texas independent retirement community, The Clairmont, we do everything in our power to keep our senior residents happy and healthy all year long, including flu and cold season. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite steps you can take to protect you and your loved ones this winter. Check out our list below, and give one–or all–a try!

Rest Up!

We’ve all heard the sage advice to “rest and get plenty of fluids,” but most of us choose to listen to only the “get plenty of fluids” part of the age-old wisdom. Though rest is tricky in this busy world we live in, it is imperative for healing from illness. Not only does it feel good to curl up in blankets, sleep all day, and sip soup, but it’s extremely beneficial for the healing process. By resting, you give your body a chance to focus its energy entirely on fighting off the infection, which can speed up the healing process, reduce your risk for severe infection or hospitalization, and let your immune system power up for the next time you are exposed to a cold or the flu. There’s nothing more conscientious than listening to those aches and sneezes when they come on and deciding to slow down and take a sick day. Trust us–you’ll thank us later!

Remember to take your…onions?

There’s a reason why chicken noodle soup is so synonymous with catching a cold, and no, it’s not necessarily the broth. Yes, fluids are important, as mentioned above, but there are other ingredients in the soup that have the potential to be equally as important when fighting off infection. Onions are one of the best sources for a happy little bioflavonoid called quercetin. This antioxidant has both anti-inflammatory properties, and can have an antihistamine effect, meaning it may be able to help reduce symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing–all common side effects of a cold. Not only do onions have great flavor, but now we also know they have important benefits too! Just be sure to keep the mouthwash nearby!

Get your flu vaccine annually

While last on the list but certainly not the least, the flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the flu. With 40% – 60% efficacy rates, not only does it reduce your risk of catching the flu or spreading it to others including more vulnerable populations, but it also reduces your risk for severe infection, which is a huge win in our books! From those more vulnerable populations like children under the age of 6, senior, and pregnant people, the flu vaccine is also a great way to reduce your risk of hospitalization from the flu. For those hesitant to receive the flu vaccine, you can read more about the benefits of the vaccine.

From our senior living Austin community, we wish you a happy and most of all, healthy winter season. Should you like to take a tour of The Clairmont, or hear more about our wonderful offerings, please give us a call!

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