Flu season is upon us once more. You might have noticed more people around you coughing and sneezing lately, blowing their noses, and looking generally unwell. You might feel like there’s no escaping the flu or colds this year, but keeping up good health habits can often help stop the spread of germs and prevent the flu!
Here are 6 good health habits that can help you keep the flu and colds at bay:
Avoid Close Contact with Sick People – If you can help it at all, try to stay away from those who are sick. If you yourself are sick, be courteous and keep a healthy distance from others so that you can protect them from coming down with your illness as well.
Wash Your Hands Frequently – Washing your hands frequently, especially during the cold and flu season, is incredibly effective. Even if you’re exposed to the flu by touching a germy object, there’s little chance that you will catch it if you wash your hands before touching your face. Make hand-washing a habit after using the bathroom, before eating, after being in crowded public places, or if you’ve been close to someone who’s sick.
Keep Your Desk Clean – Do you remember the last time you wiped down your desk at work? Chances are you probably can’t recall. Take the time to wipe down your desk and disinfect it, especially if you’re one of those workers who eats lunch at their desks. Disinfectant spray or wipes will work wonders in staving off the flu and cold viruses.
Avoid Touching Your Face – This might be a hard habit to adopt if you freely touch your face, rub your eyes, or bite your nails, but try your best to stop, especially during this time of the year. Germs will often spread and infiltrate your immune system when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Boost Your Immune System – A strong immune system has a better chance at fighting off the flu and other illnesses. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, regular exercise, and nutritious food in your daily life. Manage your stress in healthy ways, and avoid smoking – these are both linked to decreased immunity.
Get the Flu Shot – The single best way to avoid getting the flu is by receiving a vaccine. You can wash your hands all you like, but you still have to breathe. If you breathe in particles that contain the flu virus, which can travel as far as 10 feet, you very likely will catch the flu – unless you receive the flu shot. The vaccine will prepare your body to create a strong flu-fighting response if you ever are exposed to the flu this winter.
Ready for your flu shot? Let the friendly and knowledgeable pharmacists at Millbrook Pharmacy help you take the next step toward staying healthy! Learn more by visiting us at www.millbrookrx.com!