September 21, 2022
LAS VEGAS, NV – With school back in session, Southern Nevada CareNow® locations have seen early influenza cases prompting experts to provide important prevention reminders. October typically marks the official beginning of flu season, which can last through May.
“The best way to help avoid getting the flu is to get the seasonal influenza vaccination,” says Lamont Tyler, DO, Market Medical Director at CareNow. “Even if you get the flu after the vaccine, the vaccine can help lessen the severity of the illness.”
Experts at CareNow urgent care offer these tips to help prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses:
- Frequent handwashing: Soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill germs on hands.
- Cover coughs/sneezes: These viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. Dr. Tyler adds, “Don’t forget cough and sneeze etiquette by covering your mouth with a disposable tissue.”
- Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. People who are sick should keep their distance to protect others from getting sick.
- Avoid touching the face: Germs can spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their own eyes, nose or mouth.
- Keep high-touch places clean: Countertops, handles and door knobs, toys, TV remotes and game controls are among those that should be frequently disinfected.
- Open a window: Airflow can help carry germs away from occupants.
Vaccinations are the best defense against the flu. CareNow is offering $20 flu shots at all 17 Nevada locations.