Amidst the beauty of a Missouri and Illinois Fall it lurks. The virus that can have deadly consequences for our seniors. Yes, flu season is almost here again. While experts predict the virus will peak in January or February, the bug begins making its rounds in October. The good news is that there are proven ways to dodge the bug!
1.Get the Flu Vaccine
Scheduling an appointment to get your flu shot is the best way to prevent catching the bug.
2.Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
This includes eating foods rich in Vitamins A, E, and C. Experts recommend getting 8 hours of sleep each night, and exercising for 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. A healthy lifestyle keeps your immune system strong enough to fight off the virus.
3.Wash Your Hands
We are often unknowingly exposed to the virus by touching doorknobs, handles, phones, and faucets someone with the bug has touched. Frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap can help to kill the virus. Keep hand sanitizer with you for times you don’t have access to soap and water.
4.Just Say, “NO”
Avoid physical contact, especially shaking hands, with friends and colleagues who seem to have even a slight cold. The flu is typically a highly contagious virus. It can be easily transmitted from a sneeze, a cough or even a conversation with someone who is infected.
5.Stay Home When You are Sick
We all struggle with this one, especially when it means missing a day of work. But one of the best ways to recover from the flu is to rest. Staying home also helps to prevent spreading your germs to friends and colleagues.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has additional resources you might be interested in reading, especially if you are an older adult or a the caregiver of one.
What You Should Know for the 2013-2014 Influenza Season offers tips on everything from when to get the flu vaccine to what types of vaccines will be available this year.