Without preventative measures, the flu can keep you out of commission for an entire week. With the responsibilities of work, school and children, how many of us have time for that? Use these tips to avoid catching this very inconvenient virus.
1. Get the Flu Shot
The best preventative measure you can take is getting the flu vaccine. It works by causing antibodies to develop in your body, which provides protection against the infection. A two-second stick could save you days of feeling miserable. Some corporations offer the shot for free, and neighborhood clinics also will offer discounted shots.
2. Wash Your Hands
Keep your hands clean, especially before you eat because bacteria can live on inanimate objects a lot longer than you think. You could easily pick up the flu virus by rubbing your eye or touching your mouth after touching an infected doorknob.
3. Avoid the Hand Dryer
Not only are they alarmingly loud, but they also spread more germs on your hands than a paper towel. If paper towels aren’t available in the public restroom, you’re better off air-drying.
4. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
While washing your hands can help prevent the flu, you can’t spend all day in the bathroom. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth can increase your risk of catching the virus. It may be difficult at first, but try to avoid touching your face, or you risk getting more than a small pimple.
5. Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods
There are certain foods that provide the nutrients we need to fight off the cold and flu virus. Garlic, salmon and a hearty chicken soup can help you fight off any viruses that might try to attack your body.
6. Keep Your Surroundings Clean
Sanitize the objects you use on a daily basis—especially in communal areas. This includes your keyboard, phone, and gym equipment. Think of all of the sweating and heavy breathing that happens around dirty gym equipment. A quick wipe down before use can protect you from getting sick.
7. Keep Working Out
Physical exercise is another method to help strengthen your immune system and ward off viruses. But try not to overdo it in the gym—too much stress on your body can cause the suppression of your immune system.
Fight off the virus before it attacks you. Stay on top of these preventative measures to keep healthy and happy this flu season.
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