Are you getting ready to travel home or on vacation for the holidays? Before you pack your bags and head for the airport, make sure you take steps to stay healthy and maintain your hygiene as the temperatures drop and you go through the stresses of the holiday season.

Regularly Wash Your Hands Throughout the Day

Think of the number of surfaces you come into contact throughout the day, and the amount of cleaning that goes into each. From elevator buttons to door handles to countertops in your workplace, germs can be found anywhere and can contain any number of viruses, which can develop symptoms within several days of contact. Making sure you wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and hot water will reduce the amount of germs present on your hands and reduce the potential of developing symptoms of many viruses. While hand sanitizer can work to disinfect your hands between washing, it cannot be used as a replacement as it will not be effective if your hands are already dirty. 

Dress for the Weather

Colder weather can lead to your immune system being weakened, leaving you more vulnerable to the cold and flu viruses. On colder days, make sure you dress warmly in layers, covering your head, ears and chest. You’ll reduce the chances of developing a cold and congestion. Your hair should be dry in order to prevent pneumonia and hypothermia, among other illnesses. If you haven’t done so already, make some time to visit AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale for a flu shot today! Your visit will take about twenty minutes and you’ll be able to avoid symptoms for the duration of flu season.

Maintain Your Sleep Schedule

Whether you’re traveling for your holiday celebrations or attending parties with your friends and family, you may notice yourself feeling more tired and worn out. Try to maintain your sleep schedule and get a full eight hours each evening in order to allow your body the rest you need. This will reduce the possibility of getting sick, from congestion and colds to the flu and pneumonia.

General Illness Treatment in Hillsdale & Westwood, NJ

If you are going away for the holidays and are beginning to develop symptoms of an illness, visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus today! Our center is open seven days a week, and walk-ins are always welcome. For more information about accepted insurances or treatments, please call 201-523-9223.