Staying Healthy During Flu Season

While the winter season is known for its holidays, outdoor activities and cherished family time, winter is also known for the sniffles. Every year, it is likely that you or a family member come down with a cold or the flu at least once. Not only is this disruptive, it’s also extremely uncomfortable. Luckily, there are ways to avoid getting sick.

Clean, Clean, Clean

It should go without saying that everyone should be washing their hands as frequently as possible. It takes about 20 seconds for soap to fully kill most germs.

If you work in an office where your coworkers may frequently come in sick or you have children who are likely to get sick at some point during flu season, you can should clean items that are often touched. These items include:

  • House phones
  • Computer keyboards
  • Doorknobs
  • Faucets
  • Work or school uniforms

When at home, it may ideal to also wash down hard surfaces, change any air or HVAC filters regularly and avoid touching objects that are commonly used by others if possible.

Avoid Contact with Others Who are Sick

If your coworkers are sneezing or coughing, try to avoid them as much as possible.  Although it can be more difficult, kids at school should also try to avoid their ill friends as much as possible; the flu and other seasonal colds can be passed around very quickly.

Those who feel like they may be coming down with flu symptoms or other general feelings of illness should stay home if possible. Kids should be kept home from school in order to avoid spreading the flu to their classmates. There are certainly cases where you may not be able to miss work or you have errands that cannot wait; try to avoid as much contact as possible so as not to pass on the germs to others.

Exercise and Eat Right

With the cold weather coming, you may start foregoing your regular exercise routine and healthy diet. However, continuing to work out and eat right can actually keep your immune system strong and help you fight off the flu. Although you may still get sick, you may find that the flu does not affect you as much and you may not be as sick for as long.

If you don’t have a normal exercise routine and a healthy diet, now is a great time to start picking up habits that can be beneficial to your health this winter.

Stay Well this Winter

By staying well this winter, you and your family members won’t have to miss out on any of the celebrations, work or school. In fact, these habits can actually keep colds and the flu at bay all year round.



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