The winter months are approaching and that also means the flu is too. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and occurs every year between October and May. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Flu symptoms can include any of the following:
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Aches
- Runny Nose
Flu can also cause pneumonia and make serious health conditions worse. Nobody is immune to the flu, but it is more dangerous to children and people age sixty-five and older. Due to the need to stay indoors during the colder weather, flu is able to easily spread from person to person.
Therefore, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to better prepare you for flu season. Try to practice as many of these tips as possible:
- Wash your hands often; Use hand sanitizer when not in an area with a sink
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes, and other sensitive areas of your face
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces of the home and work place
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay physically active
- Eat nutritious food and drink plenty of fluids
And last but not least, get a flu vaccination. Flu vaccinations can keep you from getting sick; make the flu less severe if you do happen to get it; and keep you from spreading the virus to others.
With good health habits and a flu vaccination, we can all achieve a flu-free winter!