Don’t get knocked out by the flu this flu season! There are a few things you can do to avoid getting sick during the cold and flu season. If you do get sick, there are also things you can do to manage your symptoms. Be a “Flu Fighter” using this helpful mneumonic below.
FLU – The flu shot is one of the best ways to protect your body from getting knocked down by the Flu Virus! So get your shot!
F- Fluids are essential to staying well-hydrated so that you can minimize symptoms (like dry throat and cough) and so that you can flush infections out of your system.
I- Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are helpful for managing the aches, pains and fever that are common with viral infections.
G- Get something over your mouth like hands or, better yet, a tissue when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of infection.
H- Hand washing (or using hand sanitizer) is a key way to protect yourself and to prevent the spread of infection.
T- Time is the only thing that will get rid of the virus once you are infected not antibiotics. Most viruses last for 10-14 days, sometimes longer.
E- Echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are just a few examples of nutritional supplements that can give your immune system a boost in the fight against infections.
R- Rest is important for your body to recover from illness.