Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick 
According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29 states are currently reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses. While we all get sick from time to time, there are a number of ways to minimize our chances, and stay healthy during winter months when colds and flu are at their peak. 

Get Vaccinated

Anyone can become sick with the flu. The best way to prevent it is to get vaccinated. Flu shots are recommended for anyone over the age of six months. It’s especially important for young children, pregnant women, and the elderly to get vaccinated because they are at a higher risk for experiencing severe symptoms and increased complications from the flu. While many doctors recommend getting the flu shot in October or November, it’s not too late to get one now. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective, but various reports predict the flu season to last well into Spring. 

Wash Your Hands

The best way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs is to wash your hands frequently. You should wash your hands after using the bathroom, after shaking someone’s hand, before, after, and during food preparation, before eating, after blowing your nose, after touching animals or pets, and after touching garbage. If you don’t have access to soap and running water, then consider using an alcohol based hand sanitizer. They’re just as effective and can kill up to 99% of germs. 

Use a Tissue

If you need to sneeze or cough, use a tissue and then dispose of it in the trash. If you don’t have one, then try to sneeze or cough into your elbow or upper sleeve. After sneezing or coughing, wash your hands or use a sanitizer.

Eat Right

Choosing the right foods can help boost your immune system. Many practitioners recommend taking daily vitamins; however, you can decrease your chances of getting sick simply by choosing the right combination of foods. Fruits and vegetables will give you added vitamins, yogurt contains probiotics that benefit the digestive system, and lean meats such as chicken supply your body with amino acids. Eat healthy to stay healthy!

Get Some Sleep

Sleep helps our bodies function better. Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep and school age children should get about ten hour per night. If you get the proper amount of sleep, you’re less likely to become sick. If you do get sick, you’ll recover faster.

Stay Home!

Finally, the most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs is to stay home if you’re sick or not feeling well. If you do get sick, remember to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever goes away.

If you have other tips or suggestions, please feel free to let us know in the comments sections. Take care of yourself and stay well!

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