Tis the season for holidays, family gatherings, celebrations, colder weather, and also increased sick “icks”. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu activity can happen year-round. What we call the flu “season” can run between October through May with peak incidents from December through February.
Colds and Flu are not a fun gift to give yourself this holiday season. Prevention is key. Learn how to take actions to prevent colds and flu. Everyday lifestyle actions can prevent the spread of germs that cause colds and flu.
How can you protect yourself during this sick season?
- Wash your hands- Preventing transmission of the virus into your body is critical. So keep those hands clean. Wash your hands often using soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Hands OFF Your Face- Colds and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. So less touching those portals of entry, less risk of virus entering your system.
- Drink plenty of fluids- Water flushes your system. If the color of your urine runs close to clear, you are getting enough. If it is deep/dark yellow, you need more fluids.
- Get Fresh Air- A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather when heat dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Also, during cold weather more people stay indoors, which means more germs circulating. So bundle up and go outside!!
- Butts Out- Don’t Smoke!! Statistics show that smokers get more frequent and severe colds.
- Relax- If you can teach yourself to relax, you can help activate your immune system. Take deep breaths, go on walks, do whatever works to give you some relief.
- Get Your Zzzzzz’s- Sleep deprivation may make you more vulnerable to flu and other viruses. Allow your body time to rest and sleep. Not having time to rest and take care of yourself is a sure fire way to set yourself up for illness.
- Avoid sick people- Your girl time or boys outing can wait. If someone is sick – STAY AWAY. There will always be time to hang out later .