Welcome to the flu. Oh, yes. The dreaded few days to a few weeks of pure pain. Cold and flu symptoms like a fever or feeling feverish/chills, endless coughs, a sore throat, those body aches, and a runny nose. Did we mention how tired you’ll feel?
The Flu Story
Here’s what we know… The flu is caused by flu viruses that spread from person to person. When someone with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks, they spray tiny droplets. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person may get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
1. Get a flu shot
Getting a flu shot is the single best thing that you can do each flu season to protect yourself from severe illness.
2. Good health habits
As well as getting vaccinated, good health habits also act as a line of defense against the flu.
3. Try flu antiviral drugs
Flu antiviral drugs are prescription medications that reduce flu severity and complications and may prevent you from getting flu when taken before getting sick.
4. Help Your Immune System
The immune system protects your body from infection. When it is in tiptop shape and functioning properly, the immune system launches an attack on threats — such as flu viruses.
5. Quit smoking
If you can take a break or even quit smoking, it could be a useful preventative measure against flu — not only for you but also for your children, family, or anyone else who lives with you.