How to Keep the Flu Away: 5 Tips From a Doctor to Help You Survive Flu Season! by Belinda Lichty Clarke
You've no doubt read that flu season is in full swing. Here are a few reminders to help keep you and your family healthy courtesy of Dr. Curtis Mann, a Family Medicine doctor at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
- Vaccinate! The annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against and prevent the spread of the flu. Everyone over the age of 6 months can and should be vaccinated against the flu each year.
- Wash your hands. Regular hand washing is one of the very best ways to avoid spreading illness and getting sick. It only takes a little water, some soap and the ABCs – don’t stop washing until you get to Z.
- Remember your devices. Wipe down the screens and bodies of your gadgets regularly with a non-alcohol based cleaner.
- Be healthy to stay healthy. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep, stay active with exercise, make sure you are managing your stress levels and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet whenever possible.
- See your doctor. If you think you were exposed to someone with the flu, anti-viral drugs, which are 70 to 90 percent effective, can help prevent you from developing the flu.
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