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Tips For Staying Healthy

January 2, 2014, 6:14 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Tips For Staying Healthy

If you feel like you're doomed to get sick because you are surrounded by people who are coughing and sneezing, you're not alone. Many viruses are making the rounds in KELOLAND.

The doctor's office can be a popular place this time of year. Karen Nester has stopped by four times over the last two and a half weeks. The Brandon woman tested negative for influenza but has had a difficult time battling a respiratory virus.

"My son-in-law had a version of this, but it was not quite so bad," Nester said.

Despite family gatherings, Nester says many of her relatives have remained healthy.

"You can ask them to make sure they cover their mouth or wear a mask, which most people probably wouldn't want to do, but it can be effective in terms of preventing transmission," Avera Medical Group Dr. Michael Stotz said.

More than anything, Stotz says you can take steps to prevent transmission. That includes regularly cleaning your work surfaces and properly washing your hands before you eat and after you go to the bathroom.

"Washing for a good 15 to 30 seconds, scrubbing both the palms and backsides of the hands, also underneath the fingernails and that sort of thing," Stotz said.

Along with proper hand washing, it's also important to get a good night's sleep.

"Get into a routine where you are exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep," Stotz said.

Stotz says influenza is starting to make the rounds. If you haven't had a flu shot yet, he recommends doing so as soon as possible.

"It is the best thing we have to prevent yourself from getting influenza currently," Stotz said.

Nester is glad she got her flu shot and is now hopefully on the road to recovery.

Along with influenza, Stotz says strep throat and a 24 to 48 hour stomach flu are also making the rounds.

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