Five tips to avoid the flu
- Get a flu shot. Annual vaccination is the most effective method of flu prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get an annual flu shot.
- Avoid germs. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water and avoid touching your face. Clean and disinfect common surfaces at your place of work and at your home, and don’t forget to wipe down your mobile phone with a sanitizing wipe.
- Sleep well. Getting enough rest will strengthen your immune system and help your body defend against viruses.
- Eat well and exercise. Regular exercise and a balanced diet with protein-rich foods and antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables will keep your body strong and help fight off illness.
- Take your medications. If you do come down with the flu, be sure to take your medications as prescribed, and stay home from work or school to avoid spreading germs to your family, friends and coworkers. Remember, influenza is a virus, and cannot be treated with antibiotics.
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