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avoid the fluHow To Avoid The Flu This Season

The flu has been particularly nasty the past few seasons, and even those who get the vaccine aren’t immune. While the vaccine may help minimize the symptoms, it can’t guard against every strain of the flu. No one enjoys the sneezing, coughing, aches, and fever that come with having the flu, and for vulnerable populations, it can actually be dangerous. Your best defense to avoid the flu is minimizing your exposure and maximizing your immunity.

Avoid Contact

If you’re ill, stay at home and give yourself time to get better before going out and exposing others. A rule of thumb is to stay at home for 24 hours after your fever breaks. At that point you should no longer be contagious. It can be difficult to get time off from work, but it’s best to plan ahead and save sick days for flu season if at all possible. If you do go to work and someone else has the flu, try to avoid the flu by not coming in contact with that person.

Prevent the Spread of Germs

When you cough or sneeze, try to use a tissue, and immediately throw it away. Wash your hands with soap and water, or if you don’t have soap and water available, use an alcohol based hand rub. Try to avoid touching your nose and mouth- germs can penetrate the mucus membranes more easily than skin. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant to reduce the germs that collect there.

Get Plenty of Rest and Fluids

The best medicine is prevention. Eat good meals with plenty of vitamins. Supplements may help but they can’t replace the nutrition that comes from eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Be sure to stay well hydrated and get plenty of rest. Your body’s natural immunity is strongest when you look after your overall health.

Come in to AlphaCare for Treatment

If you do come down with the flu, come in to AlphaCare for a proper diagnosis and treatment advice. Other illnesses can masquerade as the flu, so be sure to be checked by your physician. Call for your appointment today.