The Flu outbreak across the United States has many Americans worried. Here are few pointers to help prevent it.
Flu also is known as Influenza has spread across the nation only avoiding Hawaii and Washington D.C. from most reports. It can be deadly so it is imperative that you educated yourself or at least brush up on ways on how to prevent getting it. There have been so far as of today, January 12, over 60,000 such reported cases to start off the flu season, with 20 reported deaths. Take action as a way to prevent it with our pointers below.
1. Flu Vaccine- The easiest way to prevent the flu is stopping by your local pharmacy or nearest physician and getting the seasonal flu vaccine shot along with practicing your normal everyday health habits such as washing your hands often and covering your mouth when you a cough or sneeze. Which limits the spread of your germs.
2. Personal Space- make sure you keep people far enough away from you so that you can avoid any physical contact with people who may be sick. Always make sure to keep your distance the best you can to limit the probability of getting sick.
3. If you’re sick, stay away- During flu season especially, if you feel like you are getting sick, or are sick, stay home. Don’t interact with many people, so you are able to get better quicker at the same time so you don’t help spread the flu as well.
4. Cover yourself- Make sure that when you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, to be proactive and cover your mouth and nose with a Kleenex. It will help limit spreading your germs and sickness to others.
5. Keep your hands clean- One of the most effective ways to always stay healthy is to keep our hands cleans. Often overlooked but so easy to do. Preferably use soap and water when you are able to for at least a 45-60 second duration if that is not available use a hand sanitizer.
6. Keep your hands away- Try and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when you remember. We know it’s difficult when you’re sick and your nose and eyes are running you want to itch or scratch, don’t! These areas are heavily contaminated with germs and will only make your situation worse if they spread.
7. Back to the basics- Remember to practice good health habits. Frequently keep clean and disinfect commonly used surface areas such as your cell phone, kitchen counter, door handles, keys, salt and pepper shakers just to name a few. Getting plenty of rest, helps tremendously with preventing the flu as well. Don’t forget to stay well hydrated and eat nutritious foods as well.
Follow these above-mentioned pointers from us here at Americas Health First and you will surely be in a better position to prevent yourself from being cooped up indoors and missing out on all the fun by getting yourselves sick.