You aren’t doomed to get the sniffles or the flu every winter. There are steps and precautions that you can take to keep yourself and the people around you safe.
- Vaccinate! We cannot stress how important it is for you to get yourself vaccinated. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those that can’t. In order to prevent the flu from spreading, approximately 85% of the population at a minimum needs to be vaccinated. Get vaccinated for the people that have adverse reactions or conditions that prevent them from helping get that critical mass up.
- Wash your hands often, making sure to do so before eating or cooking.
- Sleep in. Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night hurts your immune system and makes you more susceptible to infections.
- GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. Eat healthy, balanced meals to get the best performance and protection.
- Exercising. Getting active can actually stimulate the immune system and help build a better defense line.
- Gargling salt water can help a sore throat and a humidifier may help a stuffed nose
- Limit your contact with other people. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Don’t share drinks or food with other people.
- Drink water. Be hydrated and get your rest. While doing so avoid coffee and alcohol, which will dehydrate you.
- See a doctor. By starting a treatment early, you can be decreasing the time you will have the cold and lessen symptoms so you can get back at it.