Even though the flu is probably one of the most common illnesses in the world, and everyone has probably acquired it at least a dozen times by now, it still sucks to get it. Flu season is just around the corner and it is getting time to start preparing for cold weather and sickness.
There is no better way not to get sick than to be healthy and prepared for what is to come, and the Center for Disease Control has many tips that can help you avoid the flu when the season comes around next time.
1. Avoid close contact
This tip is much harder to do than it actually sounds. This is because when you are in close contact with someone, you are also in close contact with the flu- if that someone actually has the flu, of course. This also goes for the sick person also.
If you already have the flu, do your best to avoid close contact with people, and thus you will at least prevent other people from experiencing the same misery you had just experienced. It is the kind and right thing to do.
2. Cover your mouth and nose
When coughing and sneezing, it is always a good idea to cover your mouth and nose with a napkin or something, and it is an even better habit to have if you are sick or are trying to avoid getting sick in the first place.
The flu is most commonly spread through the air, through people coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths, so by starting good habits in this area, it will actually help you avoid getting the flu this time around.
3. Clean your hands
This is something that should be done on multiple times per day basis, as this is perhaps the biggest tip you can do in order to avoid getting the flu next season. Every time you wash your hands, you are also washing away bacteria and germs that can potentially give you the flu or any other kind of illness.
So, after you use the bathroom, or are in a public place, or have shaken a lot of people’s hands or something, it is a good idea to wash your hands as soon as humanly possible. The quicker, the better, and you will be battling the flu in your own way.
4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
This is, of course, before you wash your hands. After you wash your hands, it is relatively safe to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth because there will be no germs on your hands.
The eyes, nose, and mouth are the most common areas for infection to get into your body, and your hands are the most common place where germs accumulate- so, you put two and two together and you will see the problem.
5. Other healthy habits
Other than those things, the only other habits you can do are to live as healthy a life as possible. Work on improving your immune system by taking some organic immune supplements. Get healthy meals, drink water on a regular basis, get 8-hours of sleep and exercise.