According to a recent survey, up to 20 percent of the U.S citizens will suffer from the Influenza (Flu). For most people, the flu makes them extremely sick all over but they usually recover in about a week. However, small children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people who have chronic medical conditions may suffer from the risk of developing serious complications from the flu such as dehydration, pneumonia, and deteriorating certain medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma. When it comes to preventing flu, the best single way is to get a flu shot yearly, however, there are other daily healthy habits which are useful in preventing flu.
- Get vaccinated each year
Getting flu vaccinated regularly helps reduce illnesses, cost and time of doctors’ visits and hospitalizations, as well as missed work and school caused by flu.
Flu vaccines are not recommended for children younger than 6 months although they share a high risk of having flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine is able to lower the risk of getting the flu by 70% to 90%. The preventive ability of flu vaccine can be seen the most effective in healthy adults, but in young children, it’s less effective, it can cut off the flu risk by 66%. Compared to people with weak immune system, those who have a better general health face a lower risks of getting flu after taking flu shot.
- Developing healthy habits
– Wash your hand. The habit of cleaning your hands often is a simple way which are important in preventing flu. Common infections can be prevented by thorough and frequent hand-washing by soap and water. If there aren’t soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub is acceptable.
– Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. This is a step to protect people around of getting infected of the flu.
– Avoid crowds. Flu can easily be spread in the areas where there are many people such as schools, public transportations, super market, etc. Especially, you had better stay at home while you are having a flu. Also, try to go out as less as possible during peak flu seasons.
– Avoid contact with people who are ill. Once knowing that someone is getting flu, don’t have close contact with them. Hugging or kissing a person with flu can be conductive to an infection.
– Clean surfaces that are toughed often. Keyboard, telephone and door handles are one of the most popular contaminated things which may lead to flu, you are highly recommended to clean them always, accordingly.
– Pay more attention to boost your immune system. A strong immune system can protect you from involving to flu. Doing physical exercises regularly, eating healthy diets and sleeping enough are easy but effective ways of preventing flu.