As if we do not already have enough to worry about with COVID-19 making a comeback, flu season is at its ferocious start. The severity of the flu season from 2020 to 2021 was among the lowest ever, thanks to people’s efforts to prevent COVID-19, such as mask use and social distancing. However, a spike in flu cases is the present scenario due to people returning to work with weakened immune systems from not being exposed to the virus last year. According to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14 children have died this flu season, and hospitalization rates for influenza are at their highest levels in the United States in ten years.
Although there is no one-way method to get 100 percent protection against the flu, you can reduce the risk of getting sick. Here are a few suggestions for staying healthy and safe this flu season…
1. Get Yourself “The Flu Shot”
The best way to protect yourself is to get the flu shot, and it is not too late to do so. Getting a shot is the most effective way to prevent contracting the flu or serious complications from it. The vaccine helps to lessen symptoms and lower the possibility of complications, even though it may not be able to prevent you from getting the flu. Medical professionals recommend that people six months and older receive a flu shot, especially the elderly, to avoid potential hospitalization. Deck up and go get the shot, fellas!
2. The Hygiene and Disinfection Drill
Now, this is not that hard; we are already experts at it. Wash your hands frequently, use a sanitizer, and disinfect surfaces like door knobs, light switches, etc. and we believe you know the rest. Viruses are usually spread when a person touches a contaminated surface and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. So wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; if not, just do not touch.
3. The Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette
The flu virus spreads when a sick person coughs or sneezes, and droplets are released into the air. Therefore, whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. Doing this can keep those close to you from getting sick.
4. Keep Your Distance
Social distancing has become a norm over the last year, and it is a preventive measure that needs to be continued during flu season. The flu can spread easily in confined spaces. So, avoid contact with others if you are ill and keep your distance if you know someone who is ill.
5. Boost Thy Immunity
Simply put, your immune system will be stronger the healthier you are. Your body can receive various antioxidants and nutrients essential for boosting your immune system by eating a healthy diet high in fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein. Along with eating well, staying hydrated and getting enough quality sleep will help build a strong immune system.
The flu virus is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly. However, you can lessen your risk of getting sick and potentially experiencing serious complications, like pneumonia, by taking precautionary measures to protect yourself. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting the flu shot will strengthen your immune system. So go ahead and get your flu shot appointment at your nearest healthcare facility.