How to Prevent the Flu
This season’s H3N2 flu strain has been particularly brutal. So far, 74,560 flu cases in the United States have been confirmed by labs. It can cause severe symptoms such as coughing, fever, joint aches, runny nose, and sore throat. In worse cases, it can lead to pneumonia or even a secondary bacterial infection that can be deadly.
Unless you plan on locking your doors and never leaving the house during flu season, chances are you’re going to encounter your fair share of germs. Our immunity and wellness IV treatment will supercharge your immune system so your body is ready to fight off any viruses.
We’re here to make sure you stay healthy all year long, so check out these tips on how to prevent the flu.
Get Your Flu Shot
Getting a yearly flu vaccine should be your first stop on the road to preventing flu viruses. The flu vaccination helps your body release antibodies that fight against most virus strains, regardless of the season. Although there is still a possibility that you may get sick even if you get vaccinated, the virus is less likely to be severe and to develop into pneumonia.
While everyone who is six months or older should get a flu shot, it is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications. High-risk people include those with asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, pregnant women, young children, and people 65 years or older.
Since the peak of flu season is between November and March, you should aim to get vaccinated by the end of October. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, still plan to do so as the virus can spread all the way until May.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Keep your hands far away from your nose and mouth. Touching an infected surface, such as a doorknob, water fountain, or gym equipment, and then touching the mucosal membrane in your nose or mouth can lead to an infection.
The flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours. If you live with someone who has gotten sick, make sure to use a Lysol wipe to clean off any germs on communal surfaces a few times a day.
Wash Your Hands
If you touched any communal surfaces, for example, light switches, fridge handles, and shared keyboards, make sure to wash your hands. Use soap and warm water to lather up for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have a sink to use, opt for hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Eat Healthy Foods
Make sure your diet has plenty of superfoods packed with antioxidants, such as eggs, nuts, oats, fatty fish, avocados, leafy greens, and most fruit. These foods all have nutrients that can help you stay healthy and reinforce your immune system.
Since our immune systems are run by protein, making sure protein accounts for about 12 to 15 percent of your diet is another great way to prevent the flu.
January 22, 2018 11:54 am
Categories: Family Health