How Can I Prevent the Flu?
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from the flu each year? Flu symptoms including fever, coughing, sore throat, headaches and muscle aches can last one to two weeks. This can really put a damper on your work life and daily activities!
The first step is to keep your immune system healthy. Simple things like eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly is a great place to start. Having a strong immune system will help your body fight off all kinds of infections.
Here are a few other things you can do to prevent the flu.
- Avoid contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms
- Wash your hands regularly
- Reduce contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay hydrated
- Get your flu shot!
Do I Have the Flu?
Some common flu symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches and soreness
- Vomiting and diarrhea (Swine flu only)
I Have the Flu. Now What?
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, you will probably get sick from time to time. If you get the flu, the most important things to focus on are not spreading it and getting better as soon as possible.
If you have the flu, make sure that you stay home and get at least nine hours of rest per day. Stay hydrated, focusing on clear liquids like water, teach, juice or ginger ale. Hot drinks and soup will help to clear congested airways and make it easier to breath. if you have aches and a fever, try taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
The most important thing you should do if you think you have the flu is to see a medical provider within 48 hours. With a prescription you can get anti-viral medication that will keep the virus from spreading and shorten the duration of the flu.
To learn more about what you can do when you have the flu, check out the video below!