It’s that time of the year again. There’s a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter, and everywhere you go you hear somebody sniffling. And while everyone might be worrying about catching Ebola right now, there’s a more familiar virus that they should be more concerned about: the flu. Flu season is about to come into full effect. Here’s what you can do to prevent catching the flu this year.
Know What the Flu Is
One of the best ways to fight the flu is to know how to identify it, how it is spread, how it works in the body, and what to do if you get sick. That’s what you’re doing right now, so good job! The basics you should know are that the flu is contagious, viral, and symptoms include high fever, body aches, weakness, congestion, sore throat, and runny nose. It can be deadly, and there is no way to cure it once you catch it. Once you get it, your two main concerns are to get rest and avoid spreading it to anyone else.
Get the Flu Shot
The number one way to prevent you or someone you love from getting the flu is to get this year’s flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is not a conspiracy to infect the world with a virus. It’s a scientific way to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the population. The government recommends the flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.
How many things do you think you touch on a daily basis? If you leave the house, you probably put your hands on things that many, many other people have had their hands on before you. That’s how germs get on your hands, and that’s why it’s so important to keep your hands clean. If you head out into the world, wash your hands with soap and water often throughout the day to keep them germ free.
Stay Away from Sick People
Oh, your friend isn’t feeling well and invited you to come over, sit on the couch and watch a movie? You’re a good friend for wanting to go, but you’re putting yourself at risk if you say that you will come over. If you know someone is sick, the best way to prevent those germs from entering your body is to keep your distance.
There are a range of antiviral drugs that can help boost your resistance to the flu. These pills are prescription only, and usually only get given out to patients who are forced to be in close contact with people who are already sick. These pills can be fairly effective at stopping the flu, but there’s no guarantee you won’t get sick even if you use them.