how to prevent flu symptoms

7 Tips & Tricks to Have a Flu-Free Winter

Almost as soon as the weather cools down, it seems that all we hear about is sickness prevention – and for good reason. Now more than ever, it’s essential to take preventative measures to fight against the seasonal flu, which tends to run its course from late fall through spring. Healthy senior living and proper self care measures taken will help you stay well this season! Read our tips and tricks below to learn how to prevent flu symptoms this winter.

Please note, these tips focus on common cold and flu prevention. To reduce the risk of COVID-19, be sure to follow CDC guidelines. This includes wearing a face mask and keeping at least 6 feet from others. Additionally, these tips are not meant to be implemented in place of professional medical advice. 

1. Get a Flu Shot

Annual flu vaccinations can help prevent the flu or reduce the severity if you do get it, especially for those aged 65 and older. Higher risk populations should be sure to receive the vaccine before October to ensure you’re protected from any possible early outbreaks.

2. Exercise Regularly

There are so many benefits to regular exercise, with one of the most important being the boost it gives your immune system. You can reduce the risk of getting the flu by getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day – whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or hike through the forest, your body will benefit.

3. Avoid Large Crowds

This is one of the CDC’s recommendations for COVID prevention, but it applies for the common flu as well. Avoiding large crowds can help you steer clear of others that may be exhibiting flu symptoms or who have it and may not know yet. Being immunized against the flu will help protect you, but it’s always better to play it safe!

4. Drinks Lots of Liquids

Part of helping your body stay vigilant against the flu (or recuperate from it if you do start to feel sick) is by staying hydrated. Drink plenty of liquids, such as water, tea or even brothy soup to help your body fight off germs.

5. Wash Your Hands Regularly

Germs spread quickly across surfaces and through touch, so make sure you’re washing your hands regularly to help avoid picking up the virus! Be extra cautious about touching surfaces in public, such as doorknobs, shopping carts or handrails.

6. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important contributing factors to overall health – nothing is more valuable than a good night’s rest. Individuals aged 65 and older should be aiming to get 7-8 hours each night. This allows your body to rejuvenate and heal, boosting your immune system to fight against any possible germs you may have come across.

7. Visit Your Doctor If Symptoms Arise

If you do start to feel sick and at-home remedies aren’t working, try to get in to see your doctor as soon as possible. They will evaluate your condition and can prescribe you medications to help the flu from progressing.

If you have symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, body aches, headaches or nausea, give your primary care physician a call to nip the flu in the bud! They can also offer guidance on how to prevent flu symptoms from popping back up through the rest of the winter season.

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