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Reduce your risk, avoid getting sick
The best way to avoid getting sick this winter is to make a plan to stay healthy. Here are some tips.
1. Avoid COVID: Many COVID cases are much milder now, but COVID is still life-threatening for some people, so don't let your guard down. Continue to take COVID precautions, including avoiding close contact and masking in crowds.
2. Boost: It's always wise to be up-to-date with COVID and FLU vaccinations. Check with your doctor if you are unsure of your vaccination history. And remember that although you may still contract COVID or FLU, vaccinations greatly reduce the severity of symptoms.
3. Strengthen your immune system: Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit and speak with your doctor about adding appropriate supplements, like Vitamin C and D.
6. Exercise: Do whatever you enjoy, but do some form of exercise every day because it increases blood flow and improves respiration – walk, swim, or go to the gym.
7. Sleep: Who doesn't like to sleep? And sleep is when your body rejuvenates, so lack of sleep can lower your body's defenses against cold, flu, and other common winter ailments.
8. Keep Medical Appointments: Winter weather may encourage you to skip routine health checkups but if you want to AVOID illness one of the best ways is to get regular health checkups.
Get to know Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA), and all the home health services available to you and your loved ones, before you have a health emergency. We are proud to be the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey, so we know a thing or two about helping seniors.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, and Passaic Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.
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