Do What You Can to Prevent the Flu

Do What You Can to Prevent the Flu

Do what you can to prevent the flu. If you haven’t already, put aside the time to get a flu shot. This might be the number one method to prevent the nasty sickness. According to the Chicago Tribune, researchers from the University of Chicago have determined this will be a worse-than-average flu season.

Don’t Ruin Your Holiday Season

Do you want to spend Thanksgiving, or Christmas, sick, in bed? Might not be a bad place if you are on a diet. But, chances are you won’t smell the aroma of the Thanksgiving turkey, the steaming mashed potatoes, or the pumpkin pie covered with whipped cream. Still, you hopefully would prefer to enjoy being with your family and friends opposed to spending your day in bed coughing, sneezing, burning from fever and feeling exhausted.

Other Ways to Protect Yourself from Getting the Flu

If you are afraid of the needle, or, for other reasons cannot have a flu shot, you should be aware of other ways to avoid the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick this will help prevent spreading the flu.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Frequently wash your hands with hot water and soap. If this is not available use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits such as frequently disinfecting surfaces at home, work or school. Get plenty of sleep. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Mercedes Pascual, a researcher, said, “Our analysis for this year showed that the virus is already changing in a significant way. We predict an outbreak that is above average but moderate, not severe, because last year was such a bad season.”

Scientists, for whatever reason, often look to Australia. They use their information as a predictor of the flu season in the northern hemisphere. USA Today reports that Australia had a particularly rough flu season. Fortunately, scientists say the strain of flu that spread there is included in this year’s flu vaccine. Although it is not a 100 percent guarantee, getting a flu shot should keep you safe.

Go get your flu shot!