5 Tips to Help You Prepare for the Flu Season
5 Tips to Help You Prepare for the Flu Season
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If you live in an area that experiences flu seasons, you’re probably aware of the risks that come with being exposed to those who are infected. The flu virus is most commonly transmitted through the air when someone who is infected sneezes or coughs.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk of contracting the virus and minimize its impact if you do get it. There are several things you can do to help prevent becoming ill from the flu during the autumn and winter months, when flu viruses tend to spread more widely and be particularly dangerous.
By being proactive about your health and taking precautions beforehand, you can significantly reduce your chances of getting sick from influenza this season.
Stay Well Hydrated
A healthy immune system starts with a healthy body, and hydration is key to staying healthy. Flu viruses thrive in environments that are drier, so staying hydrated and drinking lots of water can help reduce your risk of infection.
Additionally, staying hydrated can help reduce your risk of more serious complications from the flu, such as contracting pneumonia, which can be fatal in some cases.
Also, if you become dehydrated, your body has to draw from its stores of minerals, such as potassium and sodium, to re-hydrate itself again, putting you at risk for deficiency and health issues.
Flu-related complications are more likely to occur in people with weakened immune systems and individuals who are dehydrated, so staying well hydrated can help protect you from contracting the flu and reduce the severity of its symptoms.
Don’t Touch Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
The flu virus enters the body through the mucus membranes in the nose and mouth. By avoiding touching these areas with your hands and keeping your nails short, you can reduce the risk of transferring the virus to your eyes or mouth and contracting it that way.
This is especially important if you’re around young children, who are more susceptible to contracting the flu. It can also help prevent the transmission of other diseases, such as colds and the measles.
If you have a cut or scratch on your hands, you should also avoid touching your face. To help prevent the spread of the flu, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. This is especially helpful if you have the flu and are in close proximity to others.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help boost your immune system, which can help protect against contracting the flu and other viruses. Additionally, a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help reduce the severity of flu symptoms and help support healing if you do contract the virus.
In particular, the vitamins B-6, B-9, and B-12, as well as folate, niacin, and vitamin C, can help reduce flu symptoms and speed up the healing process. A diet rich in healthy fats can also reduce your risk of contracting the flu by helping your body produce antibodies, which can help fight off viruses.
Get an Annual Flu Shot
Getting an annual flu shot can help protect you against a number of different flu strains. Vaccines are developed each year based on the strains that are expected to be most prevalent during the upcoming season.
Getting a flu shot can help reduce your risk of contracting the flu and the severity of its symptoms.
Use Sanitizers and Breathing Mists
During flu season, it’s important to take extra precautions to avoid contracting the virus. If you’re in a public space where other people are present, try to avoid touching your face and keep your hands away from your mouth and nose as much as possible.
Be aware of other people’s coughing and sneezing and try to distance yourself from it as much as possible. If you work in a public place, make sure to follow the proper hygiene protocol and clean your hands regularly.
To help limit your exposure to germs, use a sanitizing gel, such as Purell, to clean your hands as often as needed. Additionally, if you’re in an area with a lot of people, or if you’re around people who are coughing or sneezing, you can use an air purifier to filter out some of the viruses in the air and breathe through a medical respirator or N95 respirator mask to protect yourself from germs.
These are especially helpful if you have allergies or asthma, or if you are around young children who are more susceptible to contracting the flu.
The flu season is coming up, so now is the time to prepare. Having flu symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and can also put you at risk of developing a more serious condition.
Follow these tips to help prevent getting the flu, and if you do, be sure to stay hydrated, eat healthy, and get plenty of rest. Don’t forget that prevention is the best cure, so take these tips with you into flu season.