The Baltimore area is beginning to enter flu season, which means stuffy noses are inevitable for parents and children alike throughout the 21229 area. There are several steps residents can take to help protect themselves from the flu along with treating their flu symptoms.
Fight this Flu Season
- Avoid spending long amounts of time with already infected individuals. The flu is highly contagious, so staying away from those infected will help prevent you from becoming infected.
- Stay hydrated with water. Drinking about 8 cups of water is typically the daily recommended amount.
- Drink plenty of hot liquids, such as tea with honey, if you fall ill with the flu.
- Blow your nose frequently when suffering from a stuffy nose. Press against one nostril while blowing gently through the second nostril.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose or touching public surfaces. This will help stop germs from spreading. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands as best as possible.
- Try to get plenty of rest, especially under a blanket. A blanket will help you sweat during the night while rest allows your body and immune system time to become stronger.
- If you are beginning to suffer from a sore throat, try gargling to help sooth your throat.
- Add an extra pillow or blanket to increase elevation when sleeping. This will help with sinus drainage.
Flu Season at My Brother’s Keeper
If you have questions about possible flu vaccinations, or ways to fight the flu this flu season, contact My Brother’s Keeper. Our organization offers several health care services for the 21229 community, especially during the flu season. In November the Baltimore Health Department will visit the J.P. Blase Cooke Center to provide flu shots to our guests. Also flu shots will be made available through the Mobile Clinic. Once the dates are determined we will post them on our website.
Want to learn how you can help the community of Irvington? Interested in learning more about our health care services? Visit the My Brother’s Keeper website today to learn how you can donate and volunteer. You can also call us today at 410-644-3194.