Flu season is upon us. How can you stay healthy in the midst of the germ assault?
Flu Season: Unpredictable at Best
Last year’s flu season started earlier and peaked later than it has in the past. Flu season typically begins in early October, peaks mid-winter, and ends in March.
The 2015-2016 flu season started in September and didn’t peak until March. This left many people who skipped flu vaccines and thought they were in the clear unpleasantly surprised when they caught the flu in late in the season.
Seniors are especially at risk of complications that may arise from the flu, including pneumonia.
Fortunately, health-savvy seniors can take several steps to protect themselves.
5 Ways to Shoo the Flu this Winter
1. Get the Flu Vaccine
Because it can take up to two weeks for the body to develop full immunity, the CDC recommends getting the flu vaccine early in the season.
Did you know? Even if this year’s vaccine is not a perfect match against the flu, it can still protect against it.
2. Wash Your Hands Often
Doctors call good hand hygiene “the next best thing” after the flu vaccine to prevent the flu. Wash your hands several times a day with soap and warm water. Do like the pre-schoolers do and sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice, making sure to scrub both sides of your hands and between your fingers.
Germs can live on surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, and countertops for up to two hours, so wash your hands after touching any surface that wasn’t just cleaned.
Can’t get to a sink? Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer everywhere you go….
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