Before you end up in bed for days sniffling, sneezing and fevery-think “prevention”. Each year, millions of people are exposed to the contagious flu virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from the flu.
How can you stay healthy this flu season?
- Get a flu vaccination. In general, anyone who wants to fight their chances of getting the flu virus can get vaccinated. Recommendations from the CDC suggest that certain people, specifically should get vaccinated. These include: children aged 6 months to age 19, women who are pregnant, people age 50 or older, people with chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes or other care facilities or health care workers.
- Keep up good hygiene practices. Wash your hands regularly throughout the day and disinfect germ-ridden surfaces such as desks, countertops and bathrooms.
- Keep a distance between you and those who are sick. Staying further away from the germs will help you free of the virus.
- Stay home if you are sick. Try to avoid getting others sick and helping yourself get well by staying home and resting.
- Get plenty of rest. Your immune system is only as good as your health habits. Not getting enough sleep can wear your immune system down and subject you to illnesses.
- Try some herbal treatments. Echinacea is used as an antiviral and antibacterial remedy. Garlic is also said to help prevent and fight off colds.
- Boost your immune system. A high plant-based diet with lots of citrus, broccoli and kiwi can help keep your immune system tip-top!
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose. Germs are spread most easily when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
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