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How to Protect Yourself from the Flu
With Influenza (commonly known as the flu) being one of the most wide-spread viruses during the Fall and Winter months, it’s important to know how to protect yourself.
1. First and foremost, make sure that you get the flu vaccine. They even have a flu vaccine for people who are allergic to eggs called Flucelvax.
2. Be sure to wash your hands often. More importantly, make sure that you wash them before eating and preparing food.
3. Keep your hands off of your face and ears. If you need to touch your face, i.e. to apply makeup, lotion, or itch, make sure that you have clean hands. Be extra conscientious about touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
4. Exercise regularly. It has been proven that exercise boosts your immune system and can help fight off viruses.
5. Sleep is when the body repairs itself. So, make sure that you get at least 7 hours of sleep during the flu season.
6. Wipe down your work area and home with Lysol spray or wipes. Lysol kills most of the flu viruses; so disinfecting commonly touched areas like keyboards, cell phones, and door handles can kill the virus.
7. Eat healthy. Make sure that you eat healthy meals made up of lots of veggies and try to stay away from processed food.
What If I Get The Flu?
If you do happen to get the flu make sure that you stay in bed, drink lots of water and wash your hands often to keep it from spreading. In general, flu symptoms subside in about 5 days. However, it's important to remember that after your fever breaks, you are still contagious for up to 24 hours. Stay home and do not go out in public places unless you need to go to the doctor for Tamiflu. Tamiflu can ease flu symptoms if taken within 2 days or less of contracting the virus. Alternatively, you can use the Live Health Online or Doctor On Demand mobile app to speak to a doctor for Tamiflu; then a friend or family member can drop the medication off so you don't have to leave the house.
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