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The Most Common Seasonal Illnesses in the Fall Season

2020 has led most people to become more aware of their health and the potential for getting sick. Despite COVID-19 lasting all year long in 2020, each season does have its own set of common seasonal illnesses too. The changing leaves and cooler weather are proof that fall is officially here, but do you know what illnesses to watch for? 

Seasonal Allergies and Asthma

When you think of seasonal allergies you probably think of blooming spring flowers and trees but fall comes with its own set of allergy and asthma triggers. Ragweed is a very common allergen that thrives in the fall. Dust mites and mold are stirred up in the home as furnaces are turned on for the first time in months, which irritate allergies even more. Allergy and asthma sufferers are likely to experience: 

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Sinus pressure

Allergies and asthma can be well managed with a combination of prescription and over the counter medications with the help of a medical professional. 

The Flu 

Influenza is the most notorious fall and winter illness. Flu season comes around each fall and continues well into the winter, but since we know this, it’s fairly easy to prevent! Getting a flu shot is a very effective way to lower your risk of getting the flu. If you do get the flu after getting a flu shot, your symptoms will last for a shorter period of time and be less severe. Handwashing and avoiding close contact with others are also important in preventing the spread of the flu. 

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) 

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is something that many people struggle with, but few reach out for help to deal with their symptoms. SAD is brought on by shorter days and less sunlight that begins during the fall months. SAD leads to symptoms of depression which can cause difficulty sleeping, eating, and performing other daily tasks. SAD can be improved with a variety of treatment methods once a patient reaches out for help. If you begin to notice a shift in your mood as the days get shorter, don’t hesitate to speak with a medical professional! Battling seasonal affective disorder is nothing to be ashamed of and is not caused by anything you did, it’s simply a result of the changing seasons. 

To get quick, effective, and affordable care for your seasonal illnesses, visit a local medical provider today! You can walk-in or schedule ahead and receive all the care you need, when you need it. Urgent care centers can provide a flu shot during your visit, so you’ve got one less illness to worry about! 

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Should Your Child Get the Flu Shot?

Being a parent comes with many decisions that you have to make on a regular basis. What foods will you serve your child, what school will they go to, when to put them to bed, and so much more. One of the more critical and challenging decisions that parents face is rather or not to vaccinate your child. Of course, there are many vaccines to make that decision on, but today we’re going to take a closer look at the flu vaccine.

Why is the Flu Vaccine Important?

The flu vaccine is a vaccination your child should receive each year at the beginning of flu season, but it’s never too late to make the decision to get them vaccinated. The flu vaccine effectively lowers the likelihood of your child developing the flu by 40 – 60 percent. While those aren’t percent numbers, they’re much better than 0 percent protection! Think about it like putting a seatbelt on when you get into the car. Does it ensure with 100% certainty you won’t get injured in a crash? No, but it dramatically improves your odds. Even knowing that it isn’t perfect, you still choose to put the seatbelt on because some certainty is better than none. The same goes for the flu vaccine!

How Serious is the Flu?

In 2017 fewer people decided to receive their flu shot than in recent years. Many of the people making that choice for themselves or their child fail to realize the harsh reality of just how serious the flu is. In 2017, 80 thousand people died from the flu in the US alone, including many children. The majority of those children that did die from the flu had no underlying medical condition or cause of death. Something as simple as a flu vaccine could have prevented many of those deaths and even more hospitalizations. Choosing to vaccinate your child means wanting to take any possible measure you can to protect their life. Your child receiving their flu shot helps to protect them, as well as anyone they come in contact with from them carrying and spreading the flu.
Remember, it’s never too late to get your child vaccinated! Many walk-in clinics, urgent cares, and doctor offices still carry the flu shot, and you can get your child vaccinated in minutes. Make the decision the protect the most important thing to any parent – the safety of your child.

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Be aware the flu is still here!

Fall is here & we hope you are all enjoying the weather! However, don’t forget that the flu is still here! Most people seem to forget that flu season is from Septemeber to mid-December! This means you should still be aware & using hand sanitation techniques. Even if you got your flu shot you should pay attention to these tips to keep avoiding the flu this year.

How often do you wash your hands?

The flu is spread airborne n& by ingestion, the most common way to get a virus is to wipe your mouth or eyes after the virus us on your hands or body, giving yourself an immediate infection. Ask yourself about how often you wash your hands in a day. If you can count on one hand how many times it is odds are you don’t wash your hands enough. You should try to wash your hands after everytime you feel you may have exposed yourself to some harmful germs. Sometimes when you should think about washing your hands is :

  • After petting a dog
  • After holding on to communal rails & grips
  • After riding public transportation
  • After shaking someone else’s hand that looks sick
  • After using the bathroom

You would be surprised how many people forget to wash their hands after using the bathroom. This is why you should always wash your hands after coming in contact with someone else.

How long do you wash your hands?

If you have seen someone in the bathroom who just throws water on their hands & then leaves? If you were slightly grossed out that’s because you should be! Your hands get thousands of germs on them & a couple seconds under the water will not get rid of them. You should wash your hand with warm water since it is a fact that warm water aids in helping to get rid of germs. On top of that, you should use soap, of course, & wash your hands for about 30-45 seconds. When teaching your child you should tell them to sing happy birthday, since the song is just around the time that they should be washing them.

What if I can’t wash your hands

There are always alternatives to washing your hands! Carrying around hand sanitizer will help you always have a way to wash your hands. Please recommend hand washing techniques to all loved ones & friends so you can all avoid the Flu this season!

 

 

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