ISLAMABAD – Winter has all set in along with the cold and flu season so there are few tips that could be helpful to avoid suffering from fever, headache, cold shivers, lethargy and all the other unpleasant symptoms of the flu.
Get your flu shot
Flu vaccinations are often overlooked. Medical experts recommend that individuals above the age of 6 months should get vaccinated to protect themselves from the flu. This is especially important for vulnerable and high risk groups. This involves those with low immunity and those who are liable to develop further health related problems due to the infection. Consult your doctor in this regard and he/she will be able to administer the flu shot to you.
Staying away from illness
This sounds very simple but it can be difficult to manage especially if the people suffering from the flu live in your house, sit in your classroom, or work in your department. Try to keep your distance from them as much as possible. Wash your hands thoroughly just in case you have touched the same items that they have. Germs can get transferred rapidly and easily so keep a small hand sanitizer bottle with you if possible and use it frequently. This is especially useful when there is no water or soap around.
Take a sick leave
If you wake up feeling like you may be coming down with the flu, take a precautionary sick day off. Rest for the day and rally your strength and health so that when you go back to work or school, you are not vulnerable to falling sick and are also not a threat to the people around you.
Eat right foods
Stocking up on vitamin C rich foods boosts your immunity and makes your body less susceptible to infections. Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of not only vitamin C, but also other strengthening minerals and nutrients. With these natural benefits by your side, you can wage war against catching the common cold and flu sans any side-effects. Make sure that foods such as whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, fish and citrus fruits form a prominent feature of your diet during the flu season.
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