Getting Ready for Flu Season: Helpful Tips

Gracewell  |  October 18, 2016
The flu can be a serious problem, but these prevention tips can help lower your risk of falling ill.
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The flu can be a serious problem, but these prevention tips can help lower your risk of falling ill.

Every autumn and winter, the seasonal flu causes all sorts of trouble. For some, this may manifest itself as simply a runny nose and a day of bed rest, but for others, influenza can lead to more significant health conditions. Older adults in particular may be susceptible to serious risk caused by the flu.

Prevention, therefore, is an essential consideration as the weather gets colder and flu incidents rise. Be sure to consider these tips:

The flu vaccine
Each year, government groups and researchers do their best to predict which strain of flu will be most prevalent and build an immunisation accordingly. The NHS reported that although the flu vaccine is not 100 % effective, it is still very helpful at lowering your odds of contracting the flu. Older adults, young children and anyone living with an existing chronic condition especially benefit from the flu vaccine. Getting your flu jab in autumn is wise. In this way you can avoid falling ill before Christmas

The flu shot is imperative for staying healthy this winter.The flu shot is imperative for staying healthy this winter.

Washing up
Though getting vaccinated is an important step in protecting yourself from the flu, there are other measures to take. Good hygiene is a key consideration, as colder weather usually means people spend more time together indoors, aiding the spread of germs and illness. 

Be sure to thoroughly wash up before and after meals. Likewise, if you are feeling under the weather or you are with someone who is ill, be sure to exhibit good hygiene to avoid any flu germs. Young children may need help in following this guideline. Instruct them to cover their mouths and noses when sneezing as well.

Knowing the symptoms
The Daily Mail stated that the 2015-16 winter was one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, and that knowing the symptoms is a way to limit your risk and the spread of the illness. One problem is that some of the most common symptoms related to influenza - coughing, sneezing, fever, aches and pains - are similar to those of the common cold. And for that reason, some people may still go to work or visit with loved ones when they actually have the flu. This leads to further transmission. Your best bet is to heir on the side of caution and reach out to a GP as soon as symptoms develop.