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Q&A with Dr. Elliott – Seasonal tips for staying healthy

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Tania Elliott completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island. Dr. Elliott has a wide range of experience and can help with everything from providing general medical advice to choosing appropriate over-the-counter remedies to consulting on how to prepare for upcoming travel.

What’s your favorite tip for staying healthy during cold & flu season?

There are some well recognized and simple steps that can be taken to help prepare you and your loved ones for this special…and “germy” time of the year.

First and foremost: make sure that you and your family members get adequate sleep. Many of us live very busy lives, and when time gets limited, we have to admit that we often borrow from hours that should be dedicated to sleep. However, studies have shown that lack of sleep can decrease our immune system, and therefore increase our risk for infections such as cold and flu.

In addition, I recommend eating whole, nutritious meals, washing your hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and getting your flu shot early in the season. If you or your family are experiencing symptoms that you are concerned about, you can reach out to one of our Doctor On Demand physicians to discuss treatment strategies.