The first step to staying healthy in flu season is to avoid getting the flu in the first place. This may seem like an impossible task when anyone around you – friends meeting you for dinner, coworkers at the office, strangers in grocery stores – might be ill and unintentionally spreading the flu. However, following these tips will boost your chance of staying healthy this year and minimize downtime if you do catch a bothersome bug.
Staying Healthy in Flu Season
The flu virus loves dry, cold air and, in areas that experience winter weather, it is more likely to survive and spread in low-humidity conditions. So as we head into flu season, which most experts agree begins in October and reaches its peak in mid-winter, take some extra precautions to avoid getting (and spreading) the flu virus this year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to reduce your risk of contracting the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. The flu vaccine helps your body develop antibodies about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection for a whole season, but only if you get the vaccine before the flu starts spreading in your community. So hurry! The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.
Wash Your Hands
Did you know that germs can live on any surface for two hours or more? That means if someone in your office, school, or home is infected, those germs can reside on anything they’ve touched – from elevator buttons, desks, and phones to microwaves, cafeteria tables, toys, and books. Washing your hands often using the proper method will help protect you against these germs.
After washing your hands, use a gentle, foaming hand sanitizer, like SafeSpace Alcohol-Free Instant Hand Sanitizer. Products like this one can help extend protection even after the product has dried, decreasing the odds that you will get sick. Staying healthy in flu season is much easier when you stash a few hand sanitizers within reach for emergencies. Consider placing them in your purse or bag, in the car, and in your desk, and don’t forget to store one in your carry-on bag when traveling.
Keep Your Surroundings Clean
People who are exposed to cold and flu germs every day (doctors, flight attendants, teachers, etc.) know a thing or two about staying healthy in flu season. Many of these professionals stress the importance of keeping their surroundings clean with disinfecting products, such as the SafeSpace Disinfectant Germ Fogger. Products like this one can kill 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds, the flu, staph, MRSA, and many other illnesses and infections. This is just one easy way to help stop the spread of germs on surfaces.
Practice Healthy Habits
Practicing healthy habits and preventative measures, like avoiding stress and minimizing contact with people who are sick, is a great way to avoid contracting the flu. Try incorporating the following habits into your daily routine this flu season:
- Get enough sleep. A solid eight hours of snoozing can help prevent the flu. This is because your body repairs itself and regulates immune function at night when you are sleeping. Even if you do catch the flu, a good night’s rest can shorten the amount of time you are sick.
- Eat well. Being sick can kill your appetite, but research suggests that it’s a bad idea to walk around feeling hungry during flu season, even before you get sick. Avoid sugar and mucus-forming foods, like dairy, fried foods, and processed foods. Focus on adding more key nutrients to your diet, including vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics.
- Keep warm. Keeping your body warm means bundling up and eating and drinking warm things. Take Epsom salt baths and cozy up on the couch. When we’re cold, our bodies have to expend extra energy to warm us up, which makes it harder for them to fight off infections. Plus, scientists at Yale found that “lower temperatures weaken the nose’s first line of immune defenses” (source). So stay warm! It just might help you stay healthy.
Exercise Flu Diligence
Even if you keep your home clean and your family practices healthy habits, you could get sick while out and about. So do your flu diligence, and don’t be afraid to ask the people, businesses, and organizations around you what they are doing to protect your family from the flu. For example, what is your children’s school doing to protect its students? How is your office protecting its workers? Are you concerned about the cleaning habits of your favorite gym or salon? Don’t be afraid to politely speak up, ask questions, and share your ideas. Finally, explore the CDC’s guides for schools and workplaces hoping to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. You might end up protecting other people’s health as well.
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