With winter in full swing, it comes as no surprise that more and more patients are coming down with the flu. As a medical provider, it’s your job to prepare as best you can for the rise in influenza during the winter months. Though preparing can seem overwhelming at first, take comfort in the following tips, which will allow you and your patients to make it through flu season with ease:
1. Stock Up: Even before flu season begins, it’s a good idea to have extra supplies you know you’ll need on hand. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to purchase extra flu kits and flu vaccines from a reliable supplier like Express Medical, available at www.expressmedicalsupplies.com.
2. Back to Basics: Each time you see a patient, remind them to take tip top care of themselves by getting enough sleep, washing hands, and eating a balanced diet. Though it may feel like overkill to continually be offering these reminders, it’s often the more basic measures like getting enough sleep that help us keep our immune systems healthy and flu-free.
3. Up Your Numbers: If you’re anticipating higher numbers of patients during flu season, it’s a good idea to talk to your staff about how you’ll accommodate the increased need for appointments. For some practices, this means making a plan to have more doctors and nurses on call or on site during the winter months. For others, it may mean outsourcing flu testing to a third party. Talk to your colleagues and see what works best for you.