Preventing Cold & Flu This Fall

With steadily dropping temperatures and the first frost looming on the horizon, fall is definitely here! In addition to the start of flu season, there are many other illnesses you become vulnerable to as the seasons change and your immune system adjusts. If you begin to develop symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Cedar Grove for diagnosis and treatment.

Common Cold

The common cold affects millions of people each year, and while it can occur all year it is most common in the fall and winter. Symptoms begin within three days of exposure to the virus and can last from a couple of days to several weeks, though you will stop being contagious. The cold virus spreads through contact with infected objects, surfaces and people, which begin carrying the virus when someone who has the active strain coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth. Droplets of moisture containing the virus make their way through the air until they find a surface or land in someone else’s nose or mouth. If you catch a cold, don’t fret: they can be easily treated at home with fluids and over-the-counter decongestants. In order to prevent catching a cold, make sure you wash your hands frequently throughout the day using soap and hot water, get at least eight hours of sleep and always cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbow while coughing or sneezing.

Flu

Flu is in season for most of the fall and into winter, falling out of season towards the end of spring. As the seasons change, you may be more susceptible to catching the virus because your immune system requires some time to adjust to new weather patterns and temperatures. The easiest way to avoid catching the flu is by getting an annual flu shot, which introduces a dead strain into your body in order to give your cells time to learn how to fight and recognize the virus. The vaccine becomes effective about two weeks after your appointment, and at that point you will be more protected against the current strain. If you do not get a flu shot, you can prevent catching the flu by washing your hands with soap and hot water several times throughout the day and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

General Illness & Seasonal Illness Treatment in Cedar Grove, NJ

If you are beginning to come down with a case of the sniffles or develop a fever, visit AFC Urgent Care Cedar Grove for treatment! Our center is open seven days a week, and walk-in patients are always accepted. Save time by checking in online! For questions about symptoms and treatment, please call 973-239-2300!