4 Smart Ways to Get Ready for Cold, Cough & Flu Season
Whether we like it or not, cold and flu season is on its way. There’s no way to eliminate all risk of becoming ill, but there are some simple precautions that can reduce your chances and help you cope should you become sick.
- Eat a balanced diet. Plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins give your immune system the strength it needs to fight off bacteria and viruses. The vitamins B6 and B12 are particularly important for immune function. Vitamin B6 can be found in nuts, fish, poultry and lean meats. B12 is found in shellfish, red meat, fish, poultry and dairy.
- Practice proper handwashing. Germs that cause illness are usually transmitted by hand-to-mouth or hand-to-nose/eye contact, which makes handwashing the first line of defense against getting infected. Use soap and rub hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing under running water to wash away germs. Wash your hands frequently, especially if you are around others with a cold or flu.
- Stock your medicine cabinet. Take inventory of your medicine cabinet. Make sure you have a supply of treatments and products that can make you more comfortable if you become ill. These include fever and pain relief, decongestant, cough medicine, nasal spray, herbal teas and tissues. Consult your clinician about medicines to stock for babies or young children.
- Get the flu shot vaccine. Annual immunization against the flu is an important first step to stay well. The flu vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies that protect against strains of the flu virus. You should get the vaccine now for maximum protection. Learn more about flu shots and flu shot cost.
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