While many are crossing off names from their Christmas lists and placing wrapped gifts under their trees, others are aware cheer isn’t the only thing that accompanies this time of year. ‘Tis the season, the flu season, that is.
There are ways to get ahead of the dreaded flu season and, hopefully, avoid it entirely. If you’re careful, it’s possible to escape the upcoming season without an uninvited cold or the unfriendly flu crashing any of your holiday festivities.
How to Get Ahead of Flu Season
Wash your hands. Make sure to clean your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, and after shaking hands or coming into contact with others. Avoid touching your face at all costs, especially your mouth. Using soap and water and washing for at least 15 seconds should rid your hands of the most harmful germs. That’s enough time to sing Jingle Bells; no one said flu prevention had to rain on your parade.
Take your vitamins. Taking a vitamin is an easy way to boost your immune system every day and could be more beneficial than you realize. Think of it as building a wall, adding a brick day by day, until eventually there’s a barrier protecting what’s inside and keeping out any potential threats. Staying up to date on your daily vitamin will help fight flu systems before they begin. With a mail order pharmacy literally at your fingertips offering automatic refills, there’s no excuse for not taking a vitamin.
Stay up-to-date on immunizations. Possibly the single most effective way of preventing and avoiding the flu is staying current where vaccinations are concerned. If you haven’t received a flu vaccine, contact your family physician or reach out to your mail order pharmacy for more information on how and when to get vaccinated. Not only should you explore the vaccine for yourself, but also for everyone in the household.
Avoid anyone who has the flu. Sure, it may be easier said than done, but if there’s anyway to avoid someone who has the flu, do it. It’s no secret that flu season surrounds the holidays. It’s the time of year when everyone is getting together which, unfortunately, leads to the passing of unwanted germs. However, it’s okay to reschedule if someone is under the weather to prevent spreading it around.
Nothing says Christmas like a red nose, but no one wants to be Rudolph while everyone else participates in the fun and games. Make an effort to get ahead of flu season; it’s the best gift you or your family could receive.