Dummies Guide to Preventing Flu This Winter Season

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Okay, so may not be able to achieve complete immunity this winter, but these helpful tips can really help you prevent flu and stay healthy until spring next year.

Get Your Flu Shot

Coming down with flu can really suck. Which is why you need to make sure that you get your flu vaccination on time so that your body is ready to fight any antigens that might come its way this winter.

A simple flu shot with arm your immune system against the most common types of viral strains and even protect you against the risk of developing pneumonia.

According to CDC, you’re less likely to come down with  a sickness if you take your flu shot before the end of fall. It’s not too late to get your vaccination since the flu season is right around the corner.

Keep Your Distance

If you want to prevent flu this season, you must maintain some distance from people who are already infected. Most flu patients release the virus into the air every time they breathe, cough or sneeze, and if a person around them inhales the contaminated air, they’re likely to become sick as well.

According to doctors,  parasites can fly up to three feet so it’s best to maintain some distance from a friend or family member who is coming down with a cold.

Avoid Touching Your Face

You come in contact with so many parasites in a day but you don’t get a flu every time you touch a contaminated surface.

The contamination becomes a problem when you use your infected hand to touch your face, which transfers the parasite to your respiratory system.

Get in the Habit of Cleaning

According to CDC, a flu virus can survive for over 24 hours without a host. If someone in your home is coming down with a flu, there is a chance that most of the communal surfaces will be contaminated with the dangerous parasite.

You never know when someone in your family could become sick since almost one-fourth of the patients don’t show any symptoms of the flu but are still contagious. So keep all your household surfaces clean and wipe down the kitchen counters with a disinfectant spray.

Make sure to get all commonly touched surfaces like door knobs, light switches and fridge door. This standard cleaning practice should be followed once a day regardless of whether anyone in the house is sick or not.

Wash Hands Frequently

The most effective way to prevent flu is by practicing good personal hygiene starting with the habit of washing hands frequently. Think about how often you touch potentially contaminated surfaces like light switch, water cooler and kitchen utensils.

Try to wash your hands with a soap as frequently as possible, lathering up for 20 seconds at least before rinsing. In case water or soap is inaccessible, carry a hand sanitizer with your that has at least 60 per cent alcohol content.

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