Keeping Healthy During Flu Season

With the height of flu season quickly approaching, here are some helpful pointers to keeping healthy this season.

1. Wash Your Hands

It may seem basic, but it isn’t just after using the restroom that you need to wash your hands. Any public area could be crawling with germs. The shopping cart at the grocery store, door handles, and money that you receive as change are just a few examples of items covered with germs. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you to get some of these germs off. But know that hand sanitizer is not meant as a substitute for washing your hands with soap and water.

2. Avoid Touching Your Face

Until you get to a bathroom or are able to utilize some form of hand sanitizer, try not to touch your face, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes. You probably do not even realize how often you do touch your face. It is an automatic reflex, but try and be aware of your movements and do not do this. This spreads germs into your system and can cause you to get sick.

3. Get Rest and Don’t Stress

Becoming tired and rundown can weaken your immune system and make it more susceptible to your getting sick. An adult needs to average seven to nine hours of sleep. A child needs even more. Sleeping is when your body resets and gathers energy. If you don’t get enough, it weakens all of your systems. Stress will also induce the same effect. Find some kind of an activity to release stress. Exercise is a good way to relieve stress and stay healthy.

4. Get Your Flu Shot

Again it may sound like a simple task, but many people do not get a flu shot for fear of catching the flu. However, the flu shot does not give you an active strain of the flu. The way a flu shot works is medical experts determine what strains of the flu will be most common during the season. The take a dead strain of these flues and turn them into a vaccine. Again, a dead strain is what is injected into you. It then helps your body to develop antibodies to those strains, so when your body comes into contact with them, it will already know how to fight them. At times, the experts are wrong and vaccinate the wrong strains. It happens, that is why it is important to do everything else. If you do become ill after a flu shot, you were going to get sick anyways. It wasn’t the flu shot that caused you to get sick.

5. Don’t Share

Do not share drinks or food with others. You do not know that the person you are drinking or eating after has been as vigilant as you to keep healthy. If they have the germs in them, you will get them in you from the saliva.