WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner Megan Monroe joined us on WECT News First at Four Monday to talk about the best ways to protect yourself as we head into the cold and flu season.
It's part of our Fall Week on WECT News First at Four.
Monroe stressed the importance of getting flu shots.
There are 5 million flu illnesses a year, 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 77,000 hospitalizations.
Each year, a new vaccination is formulated by the CDC based on anticipated strains of the flu for the coming year.
Getting a flu shot cuts down on your chances of contracting the flu.
Monroe said there have already been several confirmed cases of the flu at the MinuteClinic locations in Wilmington.
Here is Monroe's other advice for avoiding sickness this fall:
- Touching everyday items like door handles and other surfaces can spread germs. So try and avoid touching your hands to your eyes and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if you're on the go.
- Get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids and eat nutritious meals
- If you do get sick, stay home and avoid spreading the flu to others.