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How to Avoid the Flu This Flu Season

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Nov 04, 2013

flu-season-300x199The school year is in full swing and the holidays are upon us. That doesn’t stop the germs from coming along with the holiday season.  As the weather starts to get cooler flu season starts to activate.  The CDC recommends the best defense for avoiding the flu this season is getting a flu shot. People’s Trust Insurance wants to share some tips on how to avoid the flu this season. 

  • Practice good hygiene - Hands should be washed often with soap and water and when soap and water are not available an alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used, especially after coughing and sneezing. If you are going to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue away after using it. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Viruses are often spread after a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick – If your coworker is ill, steer clear of his or her sneezes and coughs. When possible, avoid shaking hands with someone who is ill with a respiratory infection. If you are caring for an ill family member, wash your hands frequently and minimize proximity to his or her face.

  • Eat a healthy diet Foods containing Vitamin C and E are believed to be helpful in supporting the immune system. Foods with these vitamins include: sunflower seeds, nuts, corn oils, orange juice, citrus fruits, broccoli, green peppers. Avoid foods with concentrated sugar such as soda and candy as they are believed to impair the immune systems response. Excess sugar depresses immunity and depletes the body of vital minerals that help keeping our immune system running top notch.

  • Get a good night sleep Get at least 8 or more hours a night of sleep so you are well rested and your immune system is ready to fight off any attacks that may be launched at it.

  • Stay hydrated Drinking water will help you stay healthy and lessen your chances of coming down with the flu. When you are feeling under the weather increase your intake of fluids such as water and tea to help prevent dehydration and loosen mucus.

  • If you are infected - If you get the flu, stay home and don’t spread it to the schools and work places. Avoiding crowded places not only benefits others, but can help you from catching something more serious while you are sick. You should stay home until you are fever-free without having to take medicine for at least 24 hours. If you are sick, drink plenty of cool, clear liquids and get plenty of rest. Follow your health care providers instructions. 

  • Seek help - If your symptoms become significantly worse or you feel you need medical attention, go see your doctor right away. The flu is considered a potentially dangerous infection that is vulnerable to infections like pneumonia.

Disclaimer: The following are just a few guidelines that can be helpful in keeping you well this flu season. You should always follow the recommendations of your health care provider first and foremost. These guidelines are not a substitute for medical care. We take no liability in you following these recommendations. You may still catch the flu even if you follow our suggestions. 

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