Staying Healthy During the Flu Season
Flu season is gearing up for 2010-2011. While the CDC explains that this flu season could be less threatening than last year, it is always important to know what to do to prevent you or your family from catching the flu.
Flu shots are already available and are highly recommended for all ages, not just “high-risk” groups such as the elderly, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems. Flu shots are generally administered by nurses, physician’s assistants, home health nurses, or doctors. Always ask a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns about the flu shot, drug interactions or other health concerns before you are vaccinated.If you are uneasy about shots, keeping healthy by incorporating foods rich in anti-oxidants will help boost your immune system naturally, helping to keep illness at bay. You can also try various supplements (after consulting a nurse or other medical professional) that claim to resist the flu or increase your immunity.
Common sense always helps, and staying away from others who are already ill, washing your hands and encouraging others to cough and sneeze into tissues will increase your chance of surviving another flu season. You can also make use of the antibacterial wipes offered in stores for carts and baskets, helping to keep the germs away from you or your children
Flu season does not have to be a whirlwind of paper masks and hunting flu shots in grocery stores. As long as you take precautions against the germs that you may come in contact with, flu season should fly by without any problems or illnesses.