Prepare For Flu Season

October 3, 2018

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The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) says that the flu killed 80,000 people last season, including 180 children and 900,000 people were hospitalized for flu or flu-like illness. It's an important reminder of how a seemingly mundane thing as the flu can be deadly, so you should have a plan of action to protect yourself and your family. Stock up on hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.  Experts agree the main way we catch the flu is by personal contact or touching something that a person with the flu has already touched. You should wash your hands frequently, especially after shaking hands with someone or grabbing a door knob, but in a pinch wiping your hands or cleaning your desk or phone with cleaning wipes is worth doing. Load up on fruits and vegetables.  There is research to support that getting immune-boosting vitamins, such as vitamin C and zinc, and minerals from whole foods is important for holistic health. Citrus, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes are great sources of vitamin C, while lean beef, legumes, nuts, eggs, dairy and shellfish are all quality sources of zinc. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep.  The flu looks for weakness in your immune system and when you are deprived of quality sleep, you are setting up the right atmosphere for a cold or the flu. Ge plenty of exercise. A 2010 study found that regular exercises nearly halved their risk of catching cold viruses, and those who still got sick suffered less severe symptoms. Although many speculate on the effectiveness of the flu shot, it should be top on your list.  Last year's vaccine was only 36% effective, which seem slow but the CDC still recommends you get it, because the vaccine can still lower your risk of complications or dying from the flu even if you do get sick.  And of you are sick, remember to isolate yourself, drink plenty of fluids and only take medications to treat your current systems (acetaminophen for muscle aches, Sudafed for stuffy noses, dextromethorphan (Robitussin) for coughs, or combination drugs (DayQuil/NyQuil or Tylenol Cold + Flu) to treat multiple symptoms).

SOURCE: Moneyish

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