Health Advocate Blog

Fall health and safety checklist

As cold and flu season is upon us and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it’s more important than ever to keep up with health and safety measures. Here is a simple checklist to consider.

  • Schedule a flu shot. Both the flu and COVID-19 viruses will likely be spreading this fall. The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot to help protect against influenza infection. Different flu vaccines are approved for different groups of people such as those 65 and over, so talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.
  • Stay informed of preventive and safety measures in your community, school and work. For example, learn about the school’s current measures for mask wearing, sanitizing, social distancing to and from class, in the classroom, during lunch break, etc.  Find out about the school’s dismissal plan if there is an outbreak.
  • Get adequate prescription refills. This is especially important for those with a chronic medical condition like asthma or diabetes. Also, consider keeping non-prescription decongestants and cough suppressants as well as a functioning thermometer on hand. Read labels carefully and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Nourish your body and mind to help strengthen your immunity. Bundle up and take a brisk walk outside—exercise and sunlight can help improve your mood, sleep, energy, and more! Choose nutritious meals, limit snacking, stay connected with others, and take a moment to sit quietly and focus on your breath to help short-circuit stress.

Seek medical advice if you have a fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, body aches, headaches, fatigue or other symptoms like loss of taste or smell, or if you have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.