We’ve all had it, that throbbing headache, annoying dry cough, achy body and the horrible fever. The flu. It hits you like a ton of bricks and can stop you right in your tracks. What if you could prevent it from ever striking?
Our 5 ways to be protected from the flu
- Get A Flu Shot
- Wash your Hands Frequently
- Avoid Touching your Face, Eyes, Nose & Mouth
- Stay Away from those Sick
- Practice Good Health Habits
Get A Flu Shot
Annual vaccination is the most effective way to prevent getting the flu. Mark it on your calendar and prepare to get your flu shot in the fall or early winter, usually before the end of October. It is common to have some side effects from the shot, like an achy body and soreness. This usually goes away in a day or two. Getting a vaccine is especially important for high risk people, those that are pregnant, have chronic conditions like diabetic, asthma, heart and lung disease and those that are over 65 years old.
Wash your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands frequently helps the spread of germs and the virus. It stops the spread at the source. It is best to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water, use sanitizer. Anything is better than nothing. Getting in the habit of washing your hands often, can also stop other illnesses as well. This is a good habit to have and doesn’t it feel good to have clean hands?
Avoid Touching your Face, Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Germs enter the body through your eyes, nose and mouth. So, when you touch your face you are increasing the risk of infection or spread of germs. Don’t get infected, be aware of what you touch, and stop spreading. Don’t touch your face! Think twice before you rub your eyes, blow your nose or cough. If you have an urge to touch your face, wearing a mask can be a good visual reminder to think before you touch.
Stay Away from the Sick
When you know someone is sick, stay away from them. This is especially true if you have a weakened immune system or are susceptible to illness. If you are running a fever or showing any symptoms of illness, it is best to stay home when sick so you don’t put others at risk. Isolating yourself from others can prevent the spread of the flu.
Practice Good Health Habits
Illness can be prevented when good health habits are in place. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, such as devices and gadgets you use daily. You would be surprised how dirty your cell phone, kitchen table and countertops can be. Cleaning these areas with soap and water first will clean them. Then, don’t forget to disinfect to sanitize. Be careful around electronics, best to use a cleaning and disinfecting product that is technology safe.
Each year 8% of the population get the flu, so prepare yourself so you are not one of them. Getting the flu shot, washing your hands, not touching your face, staying away from those that are sick and practicing good health habits are good to practice. Stay safe and live healthy!