It’s that time of year again. Flu season is back, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
As the colder weather begins to settle in and our exposure to germs escalates, it is most important to keep our immune system in check. The more we prioritize our health on a daily basis, the stronger our resistance will be to illness and infections.
What may start out as “just a cold” could potentially lead to a serious illness. At the very least, the flu can put you out of work for several days.
Symptoms of the flu can be one or more of the following:
- Sudden onset of fever
- Extreme tiredness
- Muscle Aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Cough and/or sore throat
Luckily there are ways to combat this sickness. Before it takes over your world, do your best to prevent it.
Here are some ways you can prevent the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often to protect against germs
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth in case your hands are contaminated
- Receive a flu vaccine
- Exercise, eat well, and hydrate throughout the day to build your immune system up
The flu season isn’t over, so then it’s not too late to get vaccinated. A common misconception about flu vaccines is that they aren’t safe. Flu vaccines have been given for more than 50 years and have had an exceptional safety track record. Safety of the vaccine is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, which both highly recommend that all people over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine.
Increasing your awareness, as well as being mindful of the people around you, will limit the chance of your family, friends, and co-workers contracting the flu. Make this flu season non-existence for you and your loved ones!