The flu can be debilitating for you and your family. By taking a few things into consideration, you can easily diminish outbreaks during flu season. Here are a few of our tips to outsmart the flu this year.
Clean the Air in Your Home
With more time spent in our homes and office than ever, making sure that your air quality is the best it can be is a great way to make sure that your family stays healthy. With many different HVAC options, you can improve the air quality by reducing particulates, pet dander, and dust to make your respiratory system work more efficiently. By taking the time to make sure that your family is breathing the best air possible, you will be helping them avoid illness. With repair, installation, and service of HVAC systems, you can improve your family’s health significantly.
Focus on Preventative Measures
When you are gearing up for flu season, take time to set your family up for success. Take care of yourself and your family. Make sure that you are getting your sleep, eating well, and staying hydrated. When you are healthy, your body will work for you to fight against any bugs that you may come in contact with including the flu. Other preventative measures include anything that improves your general health, such as limiting alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight.
Wash Hands Often
Most pathogens are transferred by contact. We recommend washing your hands after contact with anyone that is visually experiencing symptoms. In addition, we recommend washing your hands more often during flu season.
When we interact with other people whether it be at home, socially, or at the office, there is a risk of contracting the flu. By being more diligent about washing our hands, we help our body to fight off the flu before we have a chance to touch our face, nose, or mouth. Washing your hands eliminates the bug before it has a chance to enter your system.
Get the Vaccine Early in the Season
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Flu immunizations are a great way to help your body fight off the flu if you do come in contact with it. For the elderly, children, and those with respiratory issues, flu vaccinations could mean the difference between life and death. Even if you’re not in one of the most susceptible groups, we recommend getting your flu shot if you are going to be around people who are part of a susceptible group.
If You Get the Flu, Take Antiviral Medication
If you do get the flu, make sure to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor or healthcare practitioner. Antivirals and other medications used to treat the flu need to be taken as directed and to their completion. The antiviral medication can reduce flu-related side effects and length of illness, and can even make your illness milder.
There are many ways to outsmart the flu. We’ve listed our top five tips here. For more information, you should talk to your healthcare provider.