The flu is everywhere right now. Everyone is looking for ways to prevent the flu. Here are simple ways to prevent the flu this year.
Ways to Prevent the Flu
The flu is running rampant and everyone seems to be falling prey to it. With widespread flu taking over most of the country many of us are looking to protect our families and stop the spread of this nasty virus. When it comes to preventing the flu and protecting your family or workplace from the flu, you must be diligent on preventing the spread of the flu.
Wash hands often.
Hands spread germs more than anything else so keeping your hands clean is a great way to stop spreading those germs around to other surfaces or into your eyes, nose, and mouth. It is the top way on how to prevent the flu from spreading. Teach children to wash their hands often and keep hand sanitizer in your bag for on the go and it will help prevent the flu.
Train yourself to not touch your face.
Sadly, many of the germs that get into our body come from our hands coming into contact with infected surfaces and then touching our faces. It is such an absent-minded habit most of us do not even realize we do it.
Disinfect surfaces daily.
Key places to disinfect are the remote, keyboard, light switches, and doorknobs. Think of things that get touched often throughout the day, every day. Be sure to use a disinfectant that states that it kills the flu virus. Wet the surface enough to leave the surface wet for a minimum of 15 to 30 seconds. Read the bottle to see the recommended time. The same goes for using those handy disinfectant wipes. If the surface is not left wet, the germs are not being killed off and it will not prevent the flu.
Keep sick people home.
While it can be hard to stay home while your family is sick the flu is this widespread because sick people are not staying home. If you have had a fever in the past 24 hours stay in to avoid spreading germs to those around you. Face masks are not known for preventing the spread of the flu overall but it can slow down the about of germs you spread into the air as you begin to cough or sneeze before you can cover your mouth or nose.
Prevent the flu after exposure.
Once you know for certain you have been exposed to the flu virus, start boosting your immune system to help your body fight it off. Elderberry syrup is a great option to start before you know you have been exposed. We take elderberry gummies every day. It helps boost your immune system. The stronger your immune system, the less chance the flu will spread to you and if it does you will be capable of fighting it off easier. It is a great natural flu prevention. Supplements can be great to help prevent the spread of colds and flus.
Call your Dr or see on online Dr for non-emergency flu care.
Hospitals are overwhelmed with the number of flu cases coming in. The more flu patients in the hospital, the harder it is for them to prevent the spread to patients that are there for injuries, cancer and other illnesses that can be complicated by the flu. Likewise, if you are not sick, talk to your dr about putting off well visits until the end of the flu season to help keep your family from catching it.
Lastly, The Flu Shot
Personally, I do not get the flu shot. Many people feel the same way. It is questionable what the flu shot prevents. Others feel very strongly that people should get the flu shot. Both of these are very personal opinions and I can not say which one if correct. One thing to know is that the flu shot does not prevent the stomach flu. That is something different.