The flu season has arrived once again, and the disease has been proven more hazardous than ever. Although it may cause mild illness, the virus has been proven deadly -- claiming thousands of death during the season.
Furthermore, it was also proven to pose danger for very young children as well as adults over 65 years of age. According to an article written on Alabama, the flu season begins as early as October and continues until May. Therefore, it is imperative that proper precautions are taken at the onset of the season.
To ensure your safety and the well-being of others, here are ways to ensure that everyone is fully armored and ready to combat the flu.
Get the flu vaccine done as early as possible.
In an interview conducted in an article in LiveScience, Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University of Medicine, has shed some light on the rumor that one can contract the flu from getting the vaccine. Fortunately, this has been proven to be a myth. The virus is killed during the curation, or in some cases, they are weakened.
Avoid contact with sick people.
It is highly advised that everyone should avoid contact with people who have contracted the disease, especially seniors over the age of 65. In an interview conducted with Paul Throne from the Washington Department of Health, "[the flu] hits elderly people the hardest," as demonstrated in Komo News.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
One of the ways the flu can affect you is through bodily fluid contact. Once your hands have touched this hazardous virus, it is best to keep them away from your eyes, nose, and mouth until you have sanitized.
Cover your mouth and nose.
It is proper etiquette as well as a good practice of clean hygiene to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. This prevents the virus from spreading.
Boost your immune system by eating healthy.
Fruits that are high in vitamin C such as oranges can help boost the immune system. Furthermore, drinks that are high in antioxidants, such as tea, have been proven to contain the amino acid responsible for boosting the immunity towards viruses, as demonstrated in an article in Prevention.