Health Tips for Flu Season

    This year the flu season just seems to be going on and on and on….  The end is nowhere in sight and the flu shot isn’t that effective, according to several local physicians.  I should know.  Three of my four family members have actually had the flu in the past month.

    No fun at all.

    The best way to beat the flu is to never get it in the first place!  Keeping our immune systems up and taking measures to stay away from contamination is our first line of defense.

    The Top Five Health Tips include:

    1. Wash your hands…often.
    2. Eat foods and drink liquids loaded with Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, D, E and Zinc.
    3. Drink plenty of water.
    4. Rest well.  Don’t get overly tired and don’t miss a good night’s sleep.
    5. Exercise regularly.

    However, sometimes even with careful diligence, we can still get sick.  Most common illnesses during this time of the year are the dreaded viruses that can only be waited out without antibiotics, the flu, strep throat, allergies that turn into sinus infections and colds.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.”

    So, what do you do if you get the flu like my family has?  The www.flu.gov gives the following ideas to keep the rest of the family from getting sick.

    1. Separate the sick person from the rest of the household.
    2. Remind the sick person to cover coughs and clean his/her hands with soap and hot water often.  Hand-sanitizer is the next best option.
    3. Avoid face-to-face contact with the sick person and keep contact to a minimum.
    4. Ask the doctor if other family members should take antiviral medications to prevent getting the flu.
    5. Maintain good ventilation in shared household areas (keep windows open in restrooms, kitchen, bathroom, etc.).
    6. Throw the sick person’s tissues and other used disposable items in the trash.
    7. Keep surfaces clean (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, doorknobs, phones, and children’s toys) by wiping them down with a disinfectant.
    8. Wash linens (such as bed sheets and towels) with laundry soap and tumble dry on a hot setting. Avoid “hugging” laundry to your body before washing it to prevent contaminating yourself.

    We hope you stay healthy!!

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