Fight the flu in 5 simple steps
Influenza is a seasonal, contagious disease that can have also severe consequences, especially for children and the elderly. The flu needs to be taken seriously: prevention is the best way to avoid falling ill. The following are some simple steps that help you fight the flu and other seasonal diseases.
1. Get appropriate vaccine
There is a vaccine that protects you against the common flu. This vaccine must be taken annually but as there are several flu viruses, it only protects against the three most common ones. Vaccination is therefore only the first step in efficiently protecting yourself against the flu.
2. Wash your hands
A simple but unfortunately often overlooked rule; to avoid viruses from spreading, you should wash your hands thoroughly, especially after going to the bathroom. The most common entry points for viruses are the eyes, mouth and nose. Try to avoid touching your face with your hands especially after you have touched public objects such as door handles, keyboards or controls. You may also want to carry a hand sanitizer with you to further decrease the risk of infection.
3. Stay home if you are sick
Viruses are most commonly transferred from one human being to another. Physical contact or conversation can lead to germs spreading. When you start feeling the first symptoms of flu, stay home to avoid passing germs to others.
4. Eliminate germs
Viruses are the most resistant of germs and it is difficult to get rid of them once infection has occurred. The best way to avoid getting sick is to eliminate viruses before they even enter your body. Therefore it is important to regularly clean and disinfect your living environment to avoid germs from spreading.
5. Take care of your health
Your body will need to fight back when bacteria and viruses attack. Strengthening your body is essential in winning this battle. Following a balanced diet with vitamins (especially vitamin C), getting enough sleep and regular exercise provide your body with the energy needed to fight germs.