LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Nursing Division of the Livingston Health Department would like to remind its residents about the upcoming Flu Clinics on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 28. The flu clinics will be held at the Livingston Senior/Community Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on those days. 

the Livingston Health Department advises that the public get the flu shot and wash hands. Good hand hygiene can drastically reduce your chances of contracting the flu, the department says. 

Also, the department says to stay away from hospitals and crowded places as often as possible; to bring hand sanitizer  when going out to the supermarket or while running errands; and to try not to touch the face or putting hands in or near the mouth. 

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Other suggestions include using lip balm tubes that do not require using fingers for application as well as not sharing lip balm, eating utensils, drinks, or dental care items (like toothpaste tubes) with others. 

"If you do come down with a cold or the flu, make sure to throw away your old toothbrush as soon as you begin to feel ill," the department states. "Use a new toothbrush after your symptoms have resolved and/or you have started a course of treatment, and get a new one again after you have recovered. Make sure to regularly disinfect bathroom sinks, door knobs, and other high traffic areas of the home. Also, don’t forget to open your windows at least once a week to remove stagnant air."

Check and change air filters in the home as recommended on packaging, especially during the winter and summer months when most windows are closed. Air filters in the home can build up with pet dander, bacteria and allergens if not maintained.

This can then cause undesirable air to circulate around your home and even cause some flu-like symptoms.  Last but not least, try to consume probiotics; a healthy digestive tract helps promotes overall health and immune support.

To learn more about Flu Clinics or the upcoming 2016 Fall Health Fair (Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.), contact the nursing division at 973-535-7961 x 227, 228, or 243 or visit the Health Department page on the Township’s website, www.livingstonnj.org.

The department also does homebound flu shots. Call the number above to schedule your homebound flu shot appointment. For additional reading on the flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.