Best Ways to Prevent Influenza
As we get further into the winter season with Thanksgiving and Christmas, it also means closer to flu season. Most people will come across some type of illness during the cold season, and there are many different ways of getting sick as well. However, there are ways to prevent catching these viruses. In this article we will take a look at what the Influenza virus is and the best ways to prevent it.
What is the Flu?
The flu is a respiratory illness that is caused by two main viruses: Influenza A and Influenza B. It causes illness that lasts approximately 4 to 7 days. Symptoms include:
- Body Aches
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
What is the Best Way to Prevent the Flu
There are a number of things you can do to prevent illness but the best thing to prevent influenza is getting Vaccinated. Vaccinations are the best way to protect against any illness because they help develop antibodies in your body that will then help protect against the flu illness. You can book online today on our website for a consultation.
2. Avoid Contact with Sick People
If you are confined with someone who is sick, practice good hand hygiene and maintain distance from them so you do not contract the virus or bacteria that they could potentially be spreading. If you are the one who is sick, stay home from work and public places to ensure you don’t get others sick.
3. Cover your Mouth
The flu spreads through droplets made when people who have the virus cough, sneeze, or talk. The best way to prevent the flu is to prevent spreading it to other people. You can limit the spread by covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
4. Wash your hands
Washing your hands is the most important step because it stops the spread of germs, which then stops the spread of the virus.
Where to Clean in your Home to Prevent the Spread
One thing that is not often mentioned for its importance is cleaning. the cleaning. It is important to not only clean and disinfect while you are sick, it is also important to clean once you are feeling better. Most people will clean the basic areas where you were sick such as the kitchen on the countertops and they will wash their sheets. However, surfaces such as door handles, tv remotes and light switches are often overlooked and not cleaned. These are where you should be cleaning and disinfecting first as these are areas where touching is commonly shared among household members as well as they are surfaces that are touched through your hands which can spread the most germs. As much as we don’t like cleaning when we are sick, it is imperative that we clean these areas to prevent the spread.
Nobody likes getting the flu, which is why we should always do our best to prevent the spread so we ourselves can avoid getting sick. If you happen to catch the influenza virus, make sure you stay at home, cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands frequently, and don’t forget to clean and disinfect your household as well as those commonly shared surfaces and spaces. But the best way to prevent it is to get vaccinated. If you would like to book your vaccination, book your appointment today by either calling us or booking online!