During flu season, it seems as though every time you turn around someone is getting sick. Fortunately, not all is lost. Even in the midst of all the sneezing and the sniffling, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself from being infected by the flu.
Get vaccinated – According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaccine experts recently agreed that everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated to prevent major outbreaks. While getting the flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways for everyone to stay clear of the virus, it is especially important that children, the elderly, pregnant women, people who work in health care, and those with certain chronic health problems or weak immune systems are vaccinated, as these are the groups considered most at-risk for being infected.
Wash your hands, cover your mouth – Remember when your mom obsessively told you to wash your hands before and after everything you did? Well, it turns out mom wasn’t just being paranoid. The flu virus, like many other illnesses, is highly contagious, and it’s easily transmitted through close contact with an infected person, which includes – you guessed it – dirty hands. Hand washing not only keeps you from getting sick, it keeps others from getting sick, too. Similarly, if you do get sick, covering your mouth and your nose with a tissue rather than with your bare hands will keep others from getting sick. Just don’t forget to wash those hands after coughing into them.
Stay on your healthy routine – The best way to keep yourself from getting sick is to stick with those habits that have kept you healthy; that is, get lots of sleep, eat your fruits and veggies, and stay away from junk food. Also, make sure you’re drinking lots of fluids.
Steer clear of stress – Your body becomes more susceptible to illness when it’s under high levels of stress, so make sure you stay nice and calm. Exercising is a great way to relieve stress.