December will mark the anticipated start of the 2015-2016 flu season in the United States. To prepare for its arrival, many Americans get the flu vaccine and wash their hands more frequently. Others swear by increasing the Vitamin D in their system or focus on eliminating emotional stressors in their life to avoid the flu.
While getting the flu might not be 100 percent preventable, there are many ways to make sure you steer clear of the flu this season. Getting your flu shot yearly is a great start to averting the influenza virus. Flu shots are easily found at your neighborhood pharmacy and health department.
Anyone that is high risk for getting the seasonal flu, like the elderly and children, should stay clear of crowds and public places during the peak of flu season. When in public, be sure to carry hand sanitizers – gel or hand wipes and use them frequently. If you have to cough or sneeze around others, use the crease created when you bend your elbow or your sleeve, not your hands. Don’t forget to wash your hands as hand sanitizers don’t take the place of powerful soap and water.
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids during the winter months. Stay healthy by getting plenty of sleep, don’t exhaust yourself and eat healthy immune boosting foods.
If you do happen to get the flu, stay home to rest, drink lots of fluids and don’t spread your germs to others.
If you aren’t sure what to do, take the Center for Disease Control’s Flu IQ test, to beef up your influenza knowledge and get through the flu season unharmed.