If you don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent it, chances are that you’ll be likely to catch the flu this season. There are some who get the flu shot, but there are others who are wary of them or don’t want to spend the money, which is when alternative methods come in to prevent the flu.
Most seasonal flu activity occurs during the colder months between October and May when germs run rampant. Practicing good habits like covering your mouth when you cough and washing your hands to prevent the spread of germs can lessen the chances of you getting sick.
Influenza Prevention Tips
Keep these simple tips in mind to help you learn about the necessary steps you can take to protect yourself and others from getting the flu.
- Avoid close contact: If someone you know in your office or in your class is sick, make sure you avoid close contact with them. If you happened to get sick, keep your distance from others to prevent them from getting sick as well.
- Stay home when you’re sick: If you happen to become sick, stay home from work, school and running errands. Doing so will allow you to get your much-needed sleep while making sure you don’t get anyone else sick.
- Wash your hands: Washing your hands often can protect you from germs. If you can’t get access to soap and water for whatever reason, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will suffice as well.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose: Germs can easily spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches their mouth, eyes or nose. Try your best to refrain from touching these areas to prevent yourself from getting sick.
- Clean and disinfect: Disinfect and clean touched surfaces at home, work and school, especially when someone is sick. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, physical exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of liquids and maintain a healthy diet.
No one likes being sick. From the uncomfortable body pains that are accompanied by a fever to the congestion that makes it hard to breathe, fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you prevent yourself and the people around you from getting sick this flu season.
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