Flu Season is here, Flu prevention is an important thing to consider when you’re trying to stay healthy, especially during flu season. So how can you prevent the flu?
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. A quick rinse won’t do the trick. To kill germs, communicative disease experts recommend washing with soap for 15 to 30 seconds-about as long as it takes to hum a rollicking verse of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
- Keep your hands away from your face to reduce the chance of delivering viruses directly to your eyes or nose.
- Make certain you’re getting your RDA for vitamin E and other antioxidants including A, C and B-complex vitamins and minerals.
- Don’t smoke. Smoke paralyzes the cilia, the hair like cells lining the nose and airways that sweep incoming viruses away before they can infect.
- Use tissues, not cloth handkerchiefs, to reduce spread of infection.
- Get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Chronic sleep deprivation can reduce your immune response.
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.