Wash your hands to prevent the flu.

Your Health, Family Health | 10 months ago

5 Simple Ways to Prevent the Flu

Do you know how to prevent the flu? Here are 5 proven tips that show flu prevention doesn't need to be complicated.

Every year, you hear about new ways to prevent the flu. Elderberry syrup and Greek yogurt, zinc and acupuncture – they’re all touted to fight the flu. But the truth is, they’re not all proven to work; in fact, some aren’t even proven to be safe

Fortunately, these 5 tips for preventing the flu are doctor-approved and oh, so simple.    

[1] Get a flu shot.

We know, we know. Enough about the flu shot already. But the flu vaccine really is your first and best defense against influenza. It protects you from 3 of the 4 most common flu viruses. Plus, if you do catch the flu, it’s been shown to reduce how long you’re sick, as well as your risk for complications.

You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office or an urgent care near you.

[2] Protect your personal space.

The flu is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and even talking. If that’s not enough of a reason to value your personal space this season, consider this: The germs in sneeze particles can travel across a room, and they linger in the air before going away. So cover your nose, and if someone starts to cough and sneeze, it’s okay to move to another seat.

[3] Keep your hands washed.

You can also catch flu germs by touching infected surfaces. Washing your hands helps stop germs from spreading. Be sure to stock up on soap, and wash your hands frequently, scrubbing for about 20 seconds each time. 

[4] Don’t touch your face.

To decrease your chances of getting sick, avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth. Easier said than done: It’s estimated that the average person puts a hand on their mouth or nose more than three times an hour.

[5] Disinfect – everything!

Disinfectant is your best friend this season. Make it a point to clean and disinfect all surfaces, objects and toys that could have flu germs. 

See? Fighting the flu doesn’t have to be complicated. If you hear about a new flu prevention method you want to try, talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe and right for you.