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Understanding The Flu And The Risks Of Contracting It

For the team at Conroe Family Doctor, the health and well-being of our patients is equal parts professional commitment and genuine passion. Under the guidance of Dr. Trang D Nguyen, our clinic serves as a beacon of healthcare for members of our community. With the child in the air heralding the onset of flu season, it’s the perfect time to start teaching our patients how to protect themselves against catching it. With a bit of vigilance and the proper knowledge, it’s possible to limit your family’s risk of catching the flu this season.Understanding The Flu And The Risks Of Contracting ItInfluenza, almost universally called the flu, is more than just a more dangerous form of the common cold. In severe cases, it can be debilitating and takes the lives of thousands of vulnerable patients every year. Thousands more contract the virus, leading them to lose workdays, valuable time with their families, and even becoming hospitalized. Those most at risk are the elderly, young children, and those with compromised immune systems. Your battle against the flu starts in your home. Following certain daily habits can significantly reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu. Below, we’ve put together some key strategies that can help you avoid it:

  • Vaccination: Every year, a flu vaccine is made available to help protect against the most common influenza virus strains. Getting this vaccine will reduce your risk of becoming ill with influenza.Hand Hygiene: Hand washing is one of the most important ways to protect yourself against various diseases, including the flu. When soap and water are unavailable, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help provide similar protection.Avoid Contact: This can be difficult in traditional workspaces and educational settings, but avoid coming into contact with those who are ill. Social distancing, avoiding the ill, and wearing a mask can provide a significant benefit in avoiding the flu.Avoid Facial Touching: Our eyes, nose, and mouth are common ways for the influenza virus to get into our systems. Limit how often you touch your face, especially outside of your home, to reduce the risk of transmission.Make Healthy Choices: Staying active, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and eating right can all help boost your immune system. By doing so, you’re helping your natural defenses defeat the influenza virus before it can make you ill.

  • You also want to stay on top of the latest information available about the current flu strains. Influenza is known for its ability to mutate, so a new set of vaccines is required each year to protect us. You can get the latest information by calling our offices or checking in with reputable health organizations.Prioritize Your Health With Conroe Family DoctorCome see Dr. Nguyen and the Conroe Family Doctor team before the flu season really sets in to protect your family from influenza. There’s no better cure than prevention, so call us today at (936) 441-2012 to schedule your appointment and get the jump on the flu this year. You can also come in and see us at our clinic in Conroe, TX, and meet the team!

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    Dr. Trang Nguyen Conroe Family Doctor provides singular medical care for patients in Montgomery, Harris, and Walker Counties under the leadership of Dr. Trang Nguyen. As a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from the University of Oklahoma, she brings expert care to local families.