Health TipsEvery fall, we get an influx of people suffering from common colds or a flu virus. It’s just that time of year. However, just because the cold and flu seem to spread vigorously this time of year, you don’t have to just wait around for it to happen to you. Here are a few preventative measures our staff at Eagle Highland Pharmacy want to share with all Indianapolis residents.

1. Wash your hands regularly.

Using warm water and soap, wash your hands periodically throughout the day. Be especially proactive with hand-washing after you’ve been in public or have come in contact with someone who is ill. If you don’t have access to soap and water, then be sure to carry hand sanitizer and use it.

2. Get your flu shot.

While a flu shot isn’t a magical substance that prevents you from ever being ill, it does help protect you against certain strains of the virus that could be harmful to your health or to the health of people around you.

3. Stay away from people who are sick.

This one is tough, especially if you have school-age kids who are regularly exposed to various germs. You can only do so much. However, if you know a coworker or family member is ill, try to keep your distance.

4. Eat healthy.

It’s amazing how what you put into your body affects your overall health. Do your best to eat the daily recommended amounts of fruits, veggies, proteins, and so on. Be sure also to drink plenty of water.

5. Get plenty of rest.

Now is not the time to pull an all-nighter. You need your body in peak condition to fight off illness. Therefore, get a full night’s rest and keep your body healthy.

6. Take antiviral medications, if prescribed.

If you do happen to get sick and your physician prescribes an antiviral drug, the CDC recommends that you take it as prescribed. These medications can lessen the symptoms and length of your illness.

If you need to fill a prescription or stock up on hand sanitizer, come on down to Eagle Highland Pharmacy in Indianapolis. Our experienced pharmacists and staff can help arm you against illness (or fight it off) this fall. To find out more, contact us at 317-299-3771.

 

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