Flu Prevention Tips
Have you got a sniffle? Feeling tired, congested, or just icky? Flu season is here. Are you taking the necessary steps to prevent the flu?
You can’t prevent every illness, but there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself and your family. Allowing your body’s immune system to do its job is a good start, and so is doing your part to avoid germs when and where you can.
Best Bets for Flu Prevention
Studies have shown that getting vaccinated each year aids with prevention of the flu.
For those over 65, there is a greater risk of getting the flu, and vaccines should be done yearly as well. But, seniors should NOT get a nasal spray vaccine, according to the CDC. High dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines are recommended for seniors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC state that vaccines are safe, effective and can protect your child from serious illness.
Flu Prevention Tips
Flu Prevention for Seniors
Wash Hands Regularly
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or cough into your sleeve in the crook of your arm. Then wash your hands with soap and warm water. Sanitizing surfaces like doorknobs, desktops, keyboards, and other often-touched items can also prevent spreading the flu.
Keep It to Yourself
Stay home from school, work, and public places if you happen to get the flu. You don’t want to spread the virus to your peers and family members. Avoid using “germy” hands to touch surfaces as this can spread the illness. Throw tissues away then wash your hands properly. Your body is telling you to stay home… listen to it.
Flu Prevention for Pregnant Women
Flu Prevention for Children
Rest Up and Eat Healthy
Getting a good night’s rest will allow your body to build up its natural defense against the flu. Eating healthy and consuming balanced meals can strengthen your immune system. Your body needs food with quality nutrition to fight off the virus. This includes green tea, citrus fruits, water and soups in your diet to make you feel better.
Flu prevention is not just one thing, but a combination of sensible actions you should take to increase your odds of not getting it. If you happen to show signs of getting or having the flu, contact your physician or healthcare professional immediately. The consequences of not acting quick enough may be severe and could result in not getting over it as quick as you’d like.