Prepare for the next flu season: 5 practical tips

26 Oct 2023

As the spring sun shines brightly, it’s easy to forget that flu season will soon be upon us. Cooler weather is just around the corner, and with it, the familiar symptoms of the flu. If you work in an air-conditioned environment, you may be exposed to recirculated air that could carry germs. Additionally, traditional advice like “Don’t go outside with wet hair” can take on new significance during this time. With these considerations in mind, let’s dive into five practical tips for staying healthy and prepared for the upcoming flu season.

  1. Get your annual flu vaccine:
    • The annual flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself.
    • It reduces the risk of getting the flu and reduces its severity if you do catch it.
    • Schedule your flu shot with your healthcare provider or a local clinic.
  2. Practice good hygiene:
    • Simple hygiene habits can significantly reduce the spread of the flu virus.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use hand sanitiser when soap and water aren’t available.
    • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle:
    • A robust immune system is your best defense against infections, including the flu.
    • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
    • Get regular exercise to boost your immune system and overall health.
    • Ensure you get sufficient sleep to allow your body to rest and recover.
    • Manage stress through relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
  4. Avoid close contact with sick individuals:
    • If someone you know is sick with the flu, take measures to limit close contact to avoid transmission.
    • Remember, if you’re sick, stay home to prevent the virus from spreading.
    • Keep a safe distance and encourage others to do the same.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces:
    • The flu virus can survive on surfaces for some time.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home and workplace, such as doorknobs, light switches and phones.

In conclusion, staying informed about the flu season in your area and following local health authority recommendations is a smart move. By incorporating these practical tips into your routine, along with the power of knowledge, you can increase your chances of staying healthy and reducing the risk of the flu this upcoming season.

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