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Tips for beating the flu this season



smr-home-03-2-300x64-7343845-9780725As flu and cold season approaches, Saint Mary’s wants you to stay healthy. Vaccines play a key role in controlling infectious diseases, such as the flu, and now is a great time to protect yourself and your family.

The flu is a contagious virus that can be harmful to your health. Flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, cough, chills, muscle aches and a runny or stuffy nose can prevent you from attending work or school for extended periods of time. Immunizing yourself will protect you from the flu and will keep it from spreading to those around you.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated and according to the Centers for Disease Control, those who are 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually. Here are five additional tips for beating the flu this season:

1.      Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

2.      Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

3.      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

4.      Get plenty of sleep.

5.      Eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly.

It is important to keep yourself and the community healthy this flu season and Saint Mary’s is making it easy. Visit one of our two convenient clinics at Walmart in Reno or Sparks today. No appointment needed. Cash pay and most insurance plans are accepted.

For more information, call 770-7664 or visit www.saintmarysreno.com/walmart.

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center based in Reno is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary’s offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region’s only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit www.saintmarysreno.com.

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