Tips for Protecting Yourself From the Flu

The flu is a problem this year and can lead to many missed days of work and school and also just plain annoying.  The flu can creep up on you and tends to happen in clusters in schools, offices and regions.  It is important to know how to protect yourself from the flu and also know the symptoms.

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 Here are 5 tips to help avoid the flu this season.

  1. Pay attention to others around you.
    Avoid people or getting too close to people who are sneezing or complaining of not feeling well.  Sneezes can release droplets of infected flu particles that travel through the air at rates of 100 mph and travel up to 200 feet
  2. Keep your hands washed.
    Be conscientious of what you touch. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands before you eat and after opening doors. When in doubt wash hands frequently.
  3. Stay rested.
    Stay on schedule and get enough hours for you. It is a personal decision and your body knows how much sleep you need to feel optimal.  It can vary between 6 and 9 hours.
  4. Focus on your daily nutrition.
    Take a daily vitamin or maintain a good balance of fruits and vegetables to cover nutrients needed. Many people focus on eating a balanced diet to focus on nutrients from their food.  Others choose a multi-vitamin to help supplement.  Either way, we are suggesting taking care of your body and how to do that is your preference.
  5. Stay hydrated.
    Drink enough water so that you do not feel thirsty. Another way to figure out how much water to drink is have a goal of drinking half your body weight in ounces. (Tip from Rachel Hollis at the Chic Site).

There are so many tips out there that our readers have to help avoid getting the flu.  What are some of fail proof tips that you have?  Post below in the comments.

Do you think you have the flu?  The main symptoms of the flu are fever, headache and body aches. Here is a full list of flu symptoms from WebMD.

Is it just a cold or the flu? Find out the difference between the two, click here.

If you have the flu here are some reminders.  Stay home to avoid spreading to others.  Stay hydrated.  If you have questions, contact your physician’s office.

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