Thousands of people fall ill from the influenza virus each year. Flu season begins in the fall, with people staying indoors and spreading germs through sneezing or coughing. Contracting the flu is unpleasant at best, as flu symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, chills, fever, headache and sore throat. For some people, the influenza virus can even be deadly. Children and elderly people are particularly susceptible to the deadly effects of the flu, making it important for people of all ages to prevent the spread of the disease.
Tips for Keeping Your Family Flu-Free This Season
- Wash your hands frequently. The flu virus often travels in little droplets from coughing or sneezing. Coming into physical contact with the virus means that you may carry it on your hands and transfer it to the rest of your body. To keep yourself safe, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Use hot water and plenty of soap, creating suds for 30 seconds before rinsing hands well. Be particularly vigilant about washing your hands before meals or touching your face.
- Get plenty of vitamin D. The immune system relies on getting enough vitamin D to function properly. Your body naturally makes vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. In winter months, take a daily supplement or eat oily fishes to ensure you get enough.
- Protect your workplace. Given the large number of employees coming into contact with communal surfaces, it is important to invest in infection control training. Wipe down door knobs, computer keyboards, phones and shared workspaces with cleansing wipes daily. Also encourage all employees to take a sick day rather than coming into work while feeling unwell. This can prevent the spread of influenza virus throughout your workplace.
- Cover your cough. Whenever possible, use tissues when coughing or sneezing. If you’re caught without a tissue nearby, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. This prevents the spread of germs from hand-to-hand contact.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping at least 8 hours per night keeps your immune system functioning properly. If you have trouble sleeping, a natural supplement like melatonin may help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
- Incorporate exercise into your routine. People who are stressed out and run down are more likely to fall ill with the flu. Eating healthily and exercising frequently keeps your body in peak condition.
- Get vaccinated. It’s important to get an annual influenza vaccine, particularly if you work with children, older adults, or immunocompromised people. Getting vaccinated keeps everyone safe from the flu.
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