Surviving the Flu Season in Athens

Photo (Flickr/Lance McCord)

The latest data on the spread of the influenza virus in the United States shows an increase in positive tests. The CDC has reported Georgia is expecting a moderate level of activity that officials are anticipating has yet to reach its peak. Here’s how you can prevent and cope with the flu this season.

Prevent the Flu—The best way to survive flu season is to prevent the spread of the flu in the first place. Here are three recommended ways to decrease your chance of contracting the flu.

The Flu Shot: The CDC recommended that all people 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. This vaccine aims at decreasing the affects of the illness should you contract it, as well as reduce your risk of being hospitalized due to the flu.

Athens locals have many options when it comes to finding a location to receive a flu vaccine. Walmart Supercenter on Lexington Road, Horton’s Drug Store on Clayton Street, and the Kroger Pharmacy on Highway 29 are just a few locations in the Athens area that give flu shots.

Wash Your Hands: Better Nutrition Magazine recommended spending at least 20 seconds scrubbing every time you wash your hands.

By washing your hands, the CDC reported that you can prevent nearly 20% of infections like the flu that affect your respiratory system.

Eat Healthy: Putting good food into your body will boost your immune system and make it more likely for you to be able to fend off cold and flu viruses.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition recommended filling half of your plate at meal time fruits and vegetables.

Coping with the Flu—If you contract the flu, here are three steps you can take to help treat your symptoms.

See A Doctor: If you cannot make it to your primary care physician, there are three conveniently located urgent care centers in different parts of Athens.

Regional FirstCare Athens is located on Highway 29, SmartCare Urgent Care is located on Baxter Street, and the Reddy Clinic Urgent Care is located downtown on Broad Street.

Eat Healthy: What you eat when you are sick matters. Online access to healthy eating tips is available on websites like The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, which has a list of eight tips for better nutrition.  Better Nutrition Magazine stands by the tried and true pot of chicken soup.

Lisa Turner, a nutritionist and author at the magazine wrote, “Chicken soup is filled with ingredients that reduce inflammation, ease symptoms, and promote healing. Add garlic to boost immunity.”

Treat It Properly: The CDC reported that going to your doctor to get antiviral medicine can decrease the severity of your symptoms and cut down on the time you are infected by 1 to 2 days.

Better Nutrition Magazine also recommended supplements like Vitamin C, which is proven to “not only prevent but also [treat] flu and other viral infections” according to Turner.

By: Gracie Thompson


Author: athchat

I'm a third year journalism student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. I am so excited to report on the Athens community this semester as a part of my coursework in Multi-Platform Story Production.

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