No one likes getting the flu, and sometimes, even when you get your flu shot, you still get sick. Aging adults are vulnerable to the flu, and medical complications can quickly arise. Sometimes the flu will turn into a hospital visit. Here are six ways you can avoid the flu.
6 Ways You Can Avoid the Flu
1. Get a Flu Shot Early
You shouldn’t wait until the middle of flu season when everyone around you starts getting sick. It actually takes around two weeks for your body to respond to the shot by creating immunity from it. Get your flu shot at the beginning of the season. That way, you are protected when it gets bad.
2. Always Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands with soap and water:
- Before eating
- After blowing your nose
- After going to the bathroom
- After going shopping or being out in public
- After using public transportation, elevators or railings of any kind
- After flipping light switches or turning doorknobs
- After using your phone or computer
If you can’t wash your hands, you can use hand sanitizer.
3. Don’t Touch Your Face
Rubbing your eyes, mouth, or nose can transport germs into the body through your respiratory system’s mucous membranes.
4. Drink Water
Staying hydrated gives your immune system energy to take germs out of your body.
5. Focus on Immune Boosting Nutrition
Eat more citrus, leafy greens, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and berries during flu season. If you have food restrictions, talk to your doctor about food that you can eat that boosts your immune system.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system, so make sure to get plenty of sleep. If you have a hard time sleeping, try relaxing nighttime rituals. Creating patterns before going to bed has shown to help improve sleep.
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