What You Need to Know for the 2016-2017 Flu Season

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What You Need to Know for the 2016-2017 Flu Season

You’re anxiously sitting at your desk listening to your co-workers sneezing and coughing their lungs out. You’re hyper-aware of the fact that germs are hurling towards you, looking for any opportunity to get inside your body and wreak havoc. The dreaded 2016-2017 flu season is upon us, and the germs are out in full force. Here are some top tips on how to get through this time with your health intact.

Keep Sanitizing Tools Close at Hand

It is not always convenient to run to the bathroom and wash your hands countless times a day. Because of this, it is advisable that you keep a quality hand sanitizer, or disinfectant wet wipes, nearby. Use it as often as needed.

Avoid Touching Your Face

If your hands are contaminated, and you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you are providing these nasty microscopic creatures with a warm welcome into your immune system. If you must touch your face, wash your hands first and use a tissue as a barrier.

Start Juicing

A massive part of ensuring stable immunity is eating as many fruits and vegetables as humanly possible. The natural vitamins contained within these foods will fuel your body and give it the strength that it needs to fight off infection. To consume a greater amount of nutrients than normal, it is a good idea to start juicing.

Get Plenty of Rest

Your immune system cannot function at its optimum unless your mind and body are well rested. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep a night.

Eat Plenty of Garlic and Onions

Yes, these foods can be smelly. But they work wonders when it comes to infection prevention. If you want to avoid bad breath, you can buy supplements that contain the antibacterial properties that are found in these foods, sans the stink.

Get Vaccinated

Did you know that the 2016-2017 flu season has a flu vaccine that can reduce your chances of contracting the illness by up to 60%? It is recommended that everyone over the age of six months receives the vaccine.

Wash Your Hands Often

The primary way in which you can avoid contracting the flu is by washing your hands as often as you can. You cannot do much about the viruses that are in the air, but you may be surprised to learn of the vast number of viruses sitting in wait on the various surfaces you touch as you go about your day. Washing your hands over and over again, and carrying hand sanitizer for when you are unable to wash your hands, are highly recommended.

Boost Your Immunity

One final way in which to avoid getting ill-or as ill-is to give your immune system the best possible fighting chance should it come into contact with germs or viruses. It goes without saying that you should make an effort to eat healthy, vitamin and mineral rich foods and to drink as much water as possible, but you can also take specific supplements or consume certain foods to boost your immunity. Specific immune boosting wunderkinder include zinc, vitamin C, and garlic.

Dr. Sue Reddy specializes in the treatment of infectious disease among many other specialties. She understands what is required to live a healthy, active life. Please feel free to take a look around her website and if you feel she provides services you may be interested in, give Dr. Reddy a call. Her staff would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.
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