4 Tips to Prevent Winter Illnesses and Injuries

Mother caring for her infant daughter.

During the winter months when colds, flu and other illnesses are a bit more common, it’s important to take preventive actions to keep you and your family healthy. Add the COVID-19 pandemic to the mix, and prevention becomes even more critical. These four tips can help keep you safe.

Have Medications on Hand

PREVENT chronic diseases and conditions from getting worse by making sure you have refills on the medications you and your family consistently need. Request your refills before you enter the last month of use. People with asthma should check that all inhalers are full, and refills will be readily available at the pharmacy.

Keep Vaccines Up to Date

PREVENT serious disease by staying up to date on vaccines. Prior to the pandemic, there was mounting concern about a resurgence of measles due to unvaccinated kids diluting the collective immunity of the community. This risk is still very present, especially as families cancel or postpone their children’s well visits to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Know that healthcare facilities have adjusted their operations to serve patients in the safest way possible.

Place Children in Car Seats Wearing Their “Indoor Clothes”

PREVENT motor vehicles injuries or death by not placing children in car seats when they are wearing coats or traveling garb. Heavy clothing can quickly compress in a sudden deceleration, creating space between the stationary seat and the still-moving child. This makes the restraining straps less effective, allowing enough slack for your child to propel completely out of the seat. Always place your child snugly into the car seat straps wearing only their “indoor clothes.” Once snug, place clothing or blankets on top of the child. 

Stop the Spread of Infections

PREVENT the spread of all infections with thorough hand-washing practices and appropriate mask compliance.

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Joan B. Thode, MD

Joan B. Thode, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician with LG Health Physicians Roseville Pediatrics.

Education: Undergraduate–Franklin & Marshall College; Medical School–George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Residency–NYU Langone Medical Center.

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