With a couple of precautionary measures, you can stay clear of stuffed noses and cold chills. For a while at least. Top medical centres in Sydney are aware of this, which is why you should also get in touch with one if you need more advice on how you and your family can stay safe during the flu season.
It’s impossible to predict how severely each flu season will affect us. The only certainty is that it will appear and can be contagious. The unpredictability lies in the length and severity of each season.
You are more likely to catch it between April and October (a.k.a. flu season) as an increase in influenza begins and peaks. August is usually the peak month. In between these months is when you need to put preventive practices into place to keep germs from spreading between you and those around you.
Here’s how to go about it.
Before You Visit Any Of The Medical Centres In Sydney
If you have a pre-existing condition that puts you at medical risk if you contract the flu, then you will want to speak to your doctor first before you make the decision to visit any medical facility.
Keeping individuals coming into the facility safe from infection while treating contagious patients is always a concern for many medical professionals. This concern increases during flu season with the greater influx of respiratory illnesses.
So, set up an appointment with your GP. As it is being scheduled, they will pre-screen you by asking if you’re experiencing typical flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever and aches
This not only tells the GP whether you may have the flu but also allows him or her to decide if you need to come in for a checkup at all.
If the GP feels the symptoms do not warrant an appointment, he or she might consider suggesting you simply stay at home and rest to recover from it, saving you all the medical risks you could face by coming to the hospital.
When Visiting A Medical Facility
When you’re exhibiting flu-like symptoms and are checking in make sure the medical centre does the following:
- Provides you with a face mask to keep germs from spreading.
- Avails a hand sanitiser in the waiting room and near the check-in desk for staff and patients to use
- Separates the sick and waiting areas for patients. Or asks patients with flu-like symptoms to keep some distance between themselves and others waiting.
Providence medical centre is proud to be among the few medical centres in Sydney that strictly observe such measures.
Other Ways To Stay Safe During the Flu Season
Getting a flu vaccine is your best defence, but you may also use the following 10 tips to fight the flu this year:
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or interacting with ill people and especially before you eat
- Avoid sharing objects
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
- Get enough sleep and avoid getting “run down”
- Reduce stress
- Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately
- Eat right and get regular exercise
- Avoid crowds and keep your distance from people whom you know are ill
- If you are sick, avoid contact with the frail, very young and elderly
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school
If you’re in Sydney and happen to have contracted the flu, there are good medical centres situated across the capital working round the clock to ensure you get excellent health care. You can talk to us at Providence Medical centre if you need any advice or medical help with your flu.