Each year, we hear how awful the upcoming flu season will be. Like everyone reading this, I detest getting sick. The flu takes everything out of you and makes the simplest of tasks impossible to complete. I caught it once my freshman year of college, and it made catching up on my course work a nightmare. I somehow even managed to get an ear infection, which dragged on for another few days. Since then, I have done everything in my power to avoid the flu. I understand that sometimes things happen; however, there are some ways to avoid the flu. They don’t guarantee immunity, but they are helpful.
First things first, get a flu shot. This is the best and most effective approach to flu prevention. The flu vaccine can reduce risk by 40-60 percent. I highly recommend getting the flu shot not just for yourself but also for those around you. You never know when you are surrounded my someone whose immunosuppressed. Getting the flu can threaten their lives. If you would like to learn more about the flu shot, click here.
Washing your hands regularly and practicing good hygiene. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes even if you have washed your hands. The flu can travel through the air and by physical contact. I would highly recommend keeping wipes or hand santizier with you. Think of all the things you touch in a day. You have no idea how many contaminants you’ve interacted with.
You can never go wrong with following good health habits in general. We’ve written about those in the past. Eating well and keeping your immune system in top form is imperative when it comes to the flu.
We hope you stay healthy this flu season!