Your Guide to Flu Prevention

It's flu season (yes, already). Will you get vaccinated or will you try every other thing under the sun to avoid getting it?

Want to avoid getting the flu this winter? Because honestly, it’s out there and it’s dangerous and it is also (drum roll please): AVOIDABLE.

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How can you avoid getting the flu?

GET VACCINATED!

70-90 per cent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination.

WASH YOUR HANDS.

Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and warm water (long enough to sing a full “happy birthday” song). Make sure to do this several times a day to keep germs at bay.

HYDRATE.

There are multiple ways H2o can help when you are feeling sick. To start with, you can use it to gargle. Gargling with 250 mL of warm water mixed with salt does wonders to fight off bacteria. In addition, simply drinking lots of water helps to thin-out mucus so that it is easier to get rid of. Water can be also used in a humidifier to keep the air moist, which helps mucus stay loose. And don’t forget the power of steam for decongestion! Pour boiled water into a large bowl and drape a towel over the top of your head to trap the steam. Breathe in through your nose for five to 10 minutes to aid decongestion.

EAT WELL.

Eating foods packed with vitamins is an important step in maintaining good health, and one all Canadians should take this flu season.  

STOCK YOUR MEDICINE CABINET:

There are five things everyone should have in their medicine cabinet to get them ready for cold and flu season and minimize the impact if they do get sick:

1. Pain relievers: Help with aches and pains caused by the flu        

2. Decongestants: Clear nasal passages so you can breathe more comfortably       

3. Throat lozenges: Help soothe a sore throat

4. Cough suppressant: Relieve dry cough or congested cough symptom

5. Cool-mist vaporizer: Provide moisture to the air, helping to ease coughing and congestion

BREAK A SWEAT:

Stay active during flu season. Skipping the gym may increase your risk of catching a cold.

 

DON’T BE A HERO:

Stay in bed if your body is exhausted. If you don’t get the rest you need, it will be that much harder for you to fight the virus. Also, make sure to change your pillow cases often, especially when you or anyone who shares your bed feels sick.

And remember: it is important to see a physician or local pharmacist if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  •         Fever above 101.5
  •         Shaking chills
  •         Bloody mucus of phlegm
  •         Chest pain when you breathe or talk
  •         Inability to keep down food or liquids

 

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