With flu viruses being most prevalent during the fall and winter seasons, we can start preparing best practices to prevent the viruses now! Take a look at the following tips to prepare for the upcoming flu season.
Flu Prevention Best Practices
● Get a flu shot. Getting your family vaccinated before the flu strikes is one of the best flu prevention methods. Make sure to consult your doctor for any medical concerns and for vaccinating younger children.
● Wash hands often. Make sure everyone in your household is washing their hands frequently, scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds. Change your towels frequently or use paper towels.
● Stop germs from spreading. When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth with tissues or upper sleeves, not your hands. Try to clean frequently touched areas such as counters, doorknobs, phones, remote controls, and faucets often with disinfectant spray or wipes.
● Pick up a healthy lifestyle. Exercising regularly, eating healthy and balanced meals, and drinking plenty of water is enough to keep you strong through the flu season.
Taking Care of Flu Symptoms
● Update your first aid box. Keep your first aid box stocked with over-the-counter medications including cough drops, fever-reducer, pain killers, antidiarrheals, decongestants, and a thermometer.
● Stay hydrated. When you are sick, you might not feel like drinking water often. However, it is important to rehydrate your body especially when you are ill because your body tends to lose more water than usual when you are sick sweating, vomiting, or having diarrhea. Drinking plenty of water will help to filter waste out of your body as well as reducing congestion.
● Plan for sick days. If you or your family members catch the flu, you may need to take some days off work. Think of how you can plan ahead to make sure you get the days off you need. You may want to familiarize yourself with your employer’s policies, save some sick days for the flu season, etc.
● Get support. When you catch the flu, you may not be able to carry out some of your regular responsibilities. Line up support in advance to see if your family members or friends can help you with things such as preparing food, taking your children to school, etc.