At the moment there is a lot of speculation about the possibility of an avian flu pandemic. There is so much focus on this topic that it is very easy to forget about the regular flu. Every year at least a quarter of a million Americans contract the flu which can result in as many as 40,000 deaths from complications arising from the illness.
So how do you avoid getting the flu?
The flu virus spreads very easily in close quarters such as offices and schools. Make sure that you keep good personal hygiene including washing your hands whenever possible. It is also best to avoid touching your nose or mouth as this is where the virus may infect the body. In a recent study it was shown that people who work in close quarters and wash their hands often are far less likely to contract the flu.
Have Your Children Vaccinated
The Flu Vaccination is always given to those who are most at risk from complications that may arise from the illness such as the elderly. However a study has shown that inoculating young children first may then prevent others in the family from contracting the illness.
The reason for this is that when a child contracts the flu they actually have more of the virus in their bodies when they get sick. Couple this with lack of understanding children posses about hygiene and you have a perfect vehicle for the spread of the illness. It is no accident that when there is an outbreak of the flu it is usually schools that get closed.
Try To Stay Calm
Studies have shown that in people who suffer from chronic stress the flu vaccination is less effective. However there is also information that’s shows that people who suffer small bouts of acute stress actually take to the inoculation better. This seems to show that stress is good for the immune system if it is brief but long bouts of stress are detrimental to ones health
If you start to feel unwell ten plan slightly ahead and call your employer or your child’s school and tell them you will be absent. When you first contract the flu you are at your most contagious so staying at home will minimize the risk of you infecting others.
When you first start to notice symptoms it will feel like the common cold but you will rapidly worsen with influenza. Elderly people should seek medical advice immediately if they suspect they have the flu.
Keep A Stocked Medicine Cabinet
Good health is the best way to make sure that you don’t fall victim to flu. But if you do contract the virus then there are certain anti flu remedies that can help to relieve the symptoms. Flu normally clears up on its own within a week but medicines such as Advil or Tylenol can help you through the worst.