Practical steps you can take to prevent the flu
(Craig Johnson. Clark.com) Wintry weather has spread across much of the nation and with the frigid air, sickness has rolled in as well. What time of year is it? ‘Tis flu season. And that means many of our family members, classmates and co-workers are getting sick.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says the number of flu cases has doubled this year.
Many people don’t like getting the vaccine because it’s not 100% effective.
Yes, you can still get the flu, mainly because there are different viruses out there and the vaccine is developed based on the most prevalent strain that particular season.
The CDC says that flu activity has been reported in 49 states, with three of them — Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina — registering widespread illness.
With so much sickness going on, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to stem the tide of influenza.
Here are some practical steps you can take to keep the flu at bay:
[Take these wise self-care steps whether you get a flu shot or not. – Editor]
Practice good hygiene
Because of not having the best hygiene — continuously touching the nose, eyes or mouth — many people are helping spread the flu. The #1 way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap, the NHS says on its website.
At both work and home another good practice is to always wipe down your computer keyboard and other objects you touch regularly, such as door knobs and cabinet handles. Also, disinfect objects and surfaces you touch often. This will help cut down on germs.
Also, always cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t, particulates of the virus can quickly spread around a room, endangering others.
Try to avoid sick people
While this may sound like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how difficult it can be to evade flu-infected folks in November and December, the most flu-laden months. Close contact can cause you to catch a bug, then you’re the one who’s sick. The CDC advises people with the flu to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever has gone away, if possible. Displayed with permission from Clark.com via Repubhub.