Preparing Yourself for the Flu Season

Submitted by Ram on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:46

Flu season gets into full swing as fall approaches. Influenza or flu is a disease that is dreaded by everyone. It makes its victim bedridden for days, and in severe cases, it even results in hospitalization.

Flu can be caught by anyone but the most vulnerable victims include kids, pregnant women, elderly, healthcare workers, and people with weak immune systems.

Common influenza symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Headaches or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

You can’t always dodge flu; however, there are many simple measures you can take in order to reduce the risk of catching it. Do not allow the flu to spoil your winters. Take action now.

Keep Your Hands Clean

This might seem like an obvious advice, but it is crucial. You might not be sanitizing or washing them as much as one should. Perilous flu germs could be present anywhere, so washing hands and sanitizing them should not be reserved only for restroom trips. When you are out in public places, especially on public transport or in a grocery store using the shopping cart, be very careful about keeping your hands clean.

Keep Your Surroundings Clean

Just like your hands, it is crucial to keep your workspace and living area as hygienic as possible. Make sure you change your bed sheets regularly. You often unknowingly bring germs into your home. Aiming to keep your living environment clean will help you get rid of them. Also, make sure that you keep your phone, mouse, and keyboard well sanitized, since these are common places for germs to dwell.

Flu Shot Will Help

Get a flu shot and be protected from several flu strains. However, remember that flu shots do not keep you safe from all kinds of flu strains, so the possibility of catching flu still remains.

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating not just benefits your waistline, but it also strengthens your immune system which shields you from illnesses such as the influenza. It might be tempting to gorge on luscious food during the holiday season in winters, you should still try to curb your urges and eat healthy. Avoid heavily processed foods and sugary sodas. Make fruits and veggies a part of your everyday diet to help keep illnesses at bay.

Vitamins Help You Fight Flu

Consuming vitamins regularly helps in boosting your immune system greatly. Nutritional vitamins help in combating the flu even when you don’t eat healthy always. You can either take a multivitamin table, as prescribed by your GP, or you can take Vitamin A, C, and zinc, which help in making the immune system strong.

Apart from the above mentioned tips, you can stay protected from the flu by consuming a lot of water, by staying warm and not exposing yourself to damp and cold weather, and by getting a good night’s sleep.

Use these flu season tips and stay healthy. When you start experiencing flu like symptoms, consult your doctor right away.

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