3 Flu Season Tips
There are so many things to love about fall—the changing leaves, upcoming holidays, cooler temperatures. And there is one thing to hate—-the start of flu season. While the flu (influenza) season varies slightly year-to-year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the flu season can start as early as October, usually peaks in December-February, and can last until May.
That’s a whole lot of months for having the potential of catching the flu, but before you think about hibernating for the winter, understand that though you can be exposed to the illness, you don’t necessarily have to contract it. These tips will help keep you healthy all season long.
Be a Recluse
We know that it is hard, especially during the holidays, to hide in the house away from the world, hoping you don’t get the flu. You can, however, avoid close contact with people who are sick. If it is someone in your household, don’t share utensils, clean the bathroom and frequently-used surfaces often, and wash linens and clothes separately. On the flip side, if it is you yourself exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness, stay home, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. If you do have the flu, it is recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care.
Happy Birthday to You!
This tip is very simple to do, yet goes a long way in protecting you and your family from flu virus germs. Wash. Your. Hands. Often. No matter if you work, go to school, or are out running errands, you will come into contact with people who are contagious. You can prevent getting sick by washing your hands as often as you can. Soap and water are the best way to get rid of any virus that you have come into contact with. You need to scrub for at least 20 seconds though, to be effective. In fact, if you sing “Happy Birthday” twice, then you have washed them long enough. If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer will work in a pinch.
You can be exposed to the flu virus often during flu season, but why not get ahead of it? You can take Cold-Fix as a preventative measure to avoid catching a cold or the flu.