Time is moving fast, and the flu season is right around the corner. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu virus.
Because the flu virus is also changing, it is very unpredictable causing even the time for the flu season in the United States to alter year after year. The CDC posted an article about the flu virus saying “seasonal flu virus activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.”
The flu virus is no laughing matter. Common sayings like “mother the cold and doctor the flu” have started appearing on billboards and commercials. The sayings relay the importance of preparing yourself for whatever strain of the flu virus will present itself in the following months.
While some people are luckily enough to bypass the flu season with no signs or symptoms, other need to take necessary precautions. Lucky for them, several sources have compiled the best ways to fight the flu virus. Here are the top seven ways to combat the H1N1 virus.
- Wash, wash, and wash again!
The flu virus can be on any surface you touch and if you are prone to touching your face a lot, you are more susceptible to getting the virus. Treat the virus like a deadly germ and be sure to wash your hands frequently and correctly. Scrub your hands for at least twenty seconds making sure they are nice and soapy. Be sure to rinse and dry your hands.
- Avoid the cough
If you notice someone with a cough or sneeze, try to avoid them as best as possible. Now that does not mean put them on a list of people not to talk to or mentally quarantine them, just be cautious not to be too close to them where you are in close proximity of their sneeze and cough. Even tell them to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, but avoid using the hands.
- Do not use your hands!
When you get the urge to sneeze or cough, do not use your hands to cough or sneeze into. It is better to use the inside of your elbow that way you can avoid immediately spreading germs. Think about it, if you sneeze in your hands you still have to touch the soap dispenser and faucet to wash your hands. You are spreading germs without even noticing it. If you sneeze or cough in your sleeve or elbow, you can avoid touching everything and spreading your mucus all over the place.
- Vitamin C is not the say all be all.
Sure vitamin C is great, but it will not be the only weapon you need to fight the flu virus. Now that does not mean do not get your daily dose of vitamin C, it just means do not just get vitamin C in your system and think you are flu free. You will likely need other vitamins and infection fighting medicines to boost the immune system.
- Help the immune system any way you can.
Taking immunity boosters is a sure way to make sure your body is prepared for whatever strain of the flu virus appears. The immune system is an important bodily defense system, so do not do anything that could possibly compromise it. That means try to stay away from the alcohol and other dangerous substance. And yes, it even means getting rid of dirty habits like biting your nails; who knows what is underneath the nail?
- Sleep is a man’s best friend.
Sleep is important. I know most people will not need to be told this, but for the stubborn ones that try to stay up two days in a row, go to sleep! Sleeping also helps the immune system believe it or not, so turn off the television and get some z’s. Your body will thank you later.
- Get the vaccine. Simple and Quick.
And of course there is the yearly flu vaccine, one of the best defenses against the flu virus. Doctors everywhere recommend it. Get the vaccine as soon as possible, it may be a deciding factor. Children of young ages should especially get the vaccine in order to help their growing immune system.
Now that you know seven of the best tips to fighting the flu virus, maybe this year you will spend less time coughing and more time enjoying the colder months. Stay healthy this season!