How to Avoid Getting the Flu This Winter

It’s a fact. Coughing, sneezing, aching, chills, and an upset tummy are no fun. So, what can you do to increase your chances of staying healthy this season?  

Get a Flu Shot  

According to WebMDsigning up for a flu shot is “the No. 1 thing you can do to prevent the flu.” Are you worried about the cost? Your health insurance must cover vaccines without charging a copay. And, if you don’t have coverage, prices range from $30 to $40. However, many locations offer coupons or gift cards as an incentive.  

Wash Your Hands  

When you are trying to avoid the flu, soap and water are your best friends. Be sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice) to altogether remove virus from your skin. If you can’t find a place to wash up, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a smart back-up option 

Don’t Touch Your Face  

recent study found people who occasionally touched their eyes and nose were 41 percent more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than hands-off folks. Since your nose, eyes, and mouth are the most common place for germs to enter your body, try to keep your hands away from your head.   

Exercise  

Research shows moderate amounts of exercise enhance the body’s immune system. And, this can help you fight off viruses and bacteria. Most doctors recommend 30 minutes, three to five times a week for the most positive impact.  

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet  

As with exercise, eating the right foods can boost your immune system. Fruits, vegetables, fish, and yogurt are excellent choices. Try to avoid highly processed items, fast food, and foods high in sugar.  

Clean Your Workspace  

Your workspace may look clean, but a 2016 study shows it is a filthy place. After swabbing typical office items, researchers found electronic ID badges had 243 times more bacteria than a germ-fill pet toy while a computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Other filthy items included smartphones, computer mice, and trackpads. So, break out those antibacterial wipes and do a little disinfecting.      

Stay Away from Sick People  

If you know someone isn’t feeling well, let them stay home and recover. There’s no need to put yourself at risk of catching their illness. And if you are ill, don’t try to be calm and go on with your regular life. Do everyone a favor. Stay home, focus on recovering and keep your germs to yourself.  

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