Flu season is upon us and whether you work at home, have kids at school or go to an office, there are many ways to avoid getting the flu. And with Covid still very much in the picture, it’s even more important than ever to take preventative measures to avoid getting the flu.
First, the flu is not a cold, and the symptoms are a bit more severe. Some of the common symptoms of the flu include the following:
- A stuffy or runny nose
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea or vomiting
If you have any of these symptoms, it would be in your best to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Below are 6 easy steps to help prevent you or your family members from getting the flu:
1. Get a flu Vaccination
By getting a flu vaccination annually, you can avoid getting the flu and/or passing it along to any family member or co-workers. Every year, the predominant flu virus changes which is why it is recommended to update your flu vaccination annually.
2. Cover your mouth and nose
While this may seem like common sense, it is important to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you are sneezing or coughing (or use your elbow if you don’t have tissue handy!). This can help prevent others around you from becoming sick. The flu virus is spread primarily by droplets created when those who have the flu sneeze, cough, or speak. You should also avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
3. Wash your hands
A very simple way to help protect you from germs is to wash your hands regularly. If you don’t have soap and water available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Make sure to wash your hands particularly before eating and after sneezing or coughing. Germs can easily be spread if you touch something that is unknowingly contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.
4. Keep all surfaces clean and disinfected
It is also very important to clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, even more so when someone at work or at home is sick. With Covid being rampant last fall, you might already be practicing these cleaning tips.
Use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down telephones, doorknobs, light switches, desks and any other high-touched surfaces several time each day. Use gloves when you clean any surface or countertop for even more protection.
5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
To the best of your ability, try to avoid contact with anyone who is sick with the flu. If you are taking care of someone else that has the flu, make sure to wear a mask, gloves and wash your hands even more than you usually do.
6. Maintain other good health habits
It is important to implement good health habits during the flu season and throughout the year. Make sure to get enough sleep each night, exercise, try to manage your stress level, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water. These measures can go a long way to better overall health.
By being proactive about strengthening your immune system, avoiding contact with those with flu symptoms and getting a flu vaccination, you will have a much better chance of avoiding the flu.