Healthy Habits to Prevent the Flu

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The beginning of fall marks the beginning of flu season. While the flu can be year-round, it is most common during fall and winter, and can last through February or as late as May. Here are some healthy habits to protect yourself from the flu during flu season.

Avoid Close Contact with People Who Are Sick

Try to avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance to prevent others around you from getting sick too.

Stay Home If You Are Sick

Rest up! If you’re sick, stay at home. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will lower your immune system.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, clean your hands with soap and water. If you’re traveling, or going out with friends and family, keep some hand sanitizers with you.

Clean Your Hands

Wash your hands frequently with soup and water for 20 seconds.

Sanitize Your Office Space

Keep frequently touched surfaces such as telephones, keyboards, etc. clean. Try not to use a co-worker’s phone or desk if they’re sick.

Stay in Shape

Make sure you’re exercising 20-30 minute a day. Be sure to relax, rest, and eat a healthy meal. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Get Vaccinated

Getting vaccinated is an important way to prevent the spread of the flu. Even healthy people can get sick.

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