Having a running nose, spiking fever, body aches and all the other awful symptoms that come with the flu can not only leave you uncomfortable, they can also force you to stay away from work, school or other important events. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to minimize your chances of getting the flu.
1.Get a Flu Shot
One of the most effective ways to minimize your chances of getting the flu is to get a flu shot at the start of flu season. Flu season starts in November and lasts up to around March. While it is advisable for everyone above 6 months old to get the shot, it is especially important for children and old people.
2.Wipe Down Handles, Including Doorknobs and Drawers
You should wipe down door knobs, cabinet handles and range knobs at least every other day and daily if someone in your home is sick with the flu.
Researchers report that probiotics found in yogurt help fight the flu and upper respiratory tract infections. Yogurt containing dark berries, like blueberries, helps strengthen your immune system.
4.Wash Your Hands, Including Your Thumbs
Make sure not to forget to wash your thumbs when washing your hands. Thumbs are a part of the human body that are exposed to the most germs as they touch your phone screen, open doors, car doors, Tv remotes etc.
5.Do Not Take Your Phone Into the Bathroom
Avoid taking your phone with you into the bathroom. Bathrooms are notorious for harboring germs, which can get on your phone and eventually make their way to you when you next use your phone.
6.Keep Backpacks and Purses Off of the Floor
Avoid dropping backpacks and purses on the floor especially in public places like restaurants and schools as they can easily pick up germs.
7.Avoid Eating Lunch at Your Desk
Your desk is considered 100 times dirtier than a toilet seat. If you must eat at your desk, make sure to disinfect the area but the best option would be to just have your meals in the break room.
8.Remove Your Shoes
Leave shoes at the door when you get home to keep you from tracking germs throughout of the rest of your home.
9.Keep Toothbrushes Separated
Keep toothbrushes covered or at least away from each other, especially if someone in the house is sick, as keeping your toothbrush in close proximity to another person’s toothbrush in your home can expose you to germs they come into contact with.