With the changing weather, cold and flu season is right around the corner. Between the germs your child may pick up while at school and the germs plaguing your office, the flu is sure to make the rounds.
However, if you are prepared for the season, there are preventative measures you can take to help reduce both you and your family’s risk to catching it.
Here are 7 ways to prepare:
- Visit a Doctor
One of the best ways to prevent catching a cold or the flu is to visit a doctor and get a physical done. In case you your immune system has been compromised, your doctor can prescribe medication so it will not worsen into something more severe. Additionally, if you have not yet had your flu shot, it is a good idea to get vaccinated, as it can help keep the flu at bay.
If you are without healthcare for one reason or another, consider looking into health insurance, as it is always wise to have health insurance, lest an emergency happens. If you do not have health insurance currently, you could also be facing a tax penalty, which you can check via an ACA tax fee calculator. Not only does heath insurance help you avoid a penalty, it also makes it much easier to get an appointment with a doctor.
To avoid the spreading of germs, make sure both you and your family wash their hands regularly. Hands touch and spread germs the quickest, and washing them can effectively stop the spreading of contagious germs. Moreover, keep hand sanitizer nearby. If you are in a place where you cannot wash your hands, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
Stock up on medicines, such as cold and flu medication, cough drops, and congestion medicine. Also, keep vitamins on hand, as well as natural cold remedies, such as Emergen-C or Airborne. Check the batteries on your thermometer, and check to see if your heating pads still work.
Use disinfectants regularly in your home, car, and office. The surfaces in your house, on your desk, and in your car can carry a significant amount of germs, many of which can be harmful. Spray down counters, door knobs, faucets, office computer, and any other surfaces that are touched regularly.
- Paper Goods
Using paper goods, such as paper cups, tissues, paper towels, and etc., is a great way to contain germs. Dish towels, handkerchiefs, and regular utensils can carry a significant amount of germs. Using paper goods will help to eliminate the swapping of germs.
Fill your diet with superfoods, as they are full of essential vitamins and nutrients. A healthy diet helps build up your immune system, which helps your body fight off sick germs.
Lastly, getting enough sleep each night is critical to maintaining a healthy body. The body needs sleep to keep its immune system strong, reduce stress, and reduce the risk of other illnesses.
These 7 tips can help keep you safe from the cold and flu season.
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