With winter on the horizon, you’d think we’d be safe from colds and the flu, but the United States is experiencing widespread flu and cold cases.
“It’s even more important than ever to take the right steps to protect yourself and your family," says Scott Reef, owner of Reef Family Pharmacy.
Steps to Lower Your Risk
Reef frequently counsels his pharmacy customers on the steps they can take to stay healthy now, and year-round. To minimize contact with cold and flu germs, he suggests the following:
- Wash your hands with soap for at least 15-20 seconds, or clean them with an alcohol gel hand sanitizer whenever you have contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. These include coffee pot handles, door handles, copier machines, another person’s keyboard or phone, elevator buttons, countertops, shared books, or other materials.
- Following hand washing, turn off the faucet with a paper towel to avoid further contact with germs.
- Dry your hands with an air dryer or clean paper towel. Then, use a paper towel to open the bathroom door to avoid contact with germs.
- Clean shared items with alcohol wipes, if possible.
- Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes or nose with your hands, unless they have just been washed. Use a tissue wherever possible.
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue. Then, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow, rather than your hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat healthy foods. Exercise regularly. Don’t smoke, and decrease alcohol consumption.
- Relax. Stress can decrease immunity.
If You do Get Sick
If you get sick, Reef recommends that you stay home if you can. “Stay hydrated,” he advises, “Drinking plenty of water or juices, between nine to 13 cups per day. Also, try green tea or ginger tea, which can help stimulate the immune system. Also, get plenty of rest.”
He suggests that patients contact their doctor or pharmacist for medications that may help.
“Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, and do not help with cold or flu, but your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug for flu, which can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick," Reef says. "Also, there are over-the-counter medications that can alleviate symptoms.”
“We know how tough it is to be ‘out and about’ when you’re not feeling well,” Reef added. “That’s why we have a free delivery service for prescriptions in Cape May County. We’re also here to talk to you about your specific concerns anytime. Stop by and see us.”
About Reef Family Pharmacy
Reef Family Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy, with a focus on personalized service. Reef Family Pharmacy distinguishes itself from the chain stores through free patient consultations, customized compounding for patients and their pets, and free prescription delivery in Cape May County.
The family-owned and operated pharmacy stocks all-natural Estrogen and Progesterone cream or capsules, and a wide variety of over-the-counter medications, now in our 10th year of helping you.
Reef Family Pharmacy is located at 1307 Route 9, Court House, NJ 08210. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or a consultation, call (609) 465-0004. Visit the pharmacy on Facebook, or at www.reeffamilypharmacy.com.