How can you prevent getting the flu?
What are the symptoms?
Flu is a contagious disease and spreads through contact with an infected person. It also spreads through air. So avoid going to places with a lot of flu infection. Also be careful to wash your hands with soap and water if you come in contact with an infected person.
These measures will help in preventing flu in many situations.
Sometimes yes and sometimes no though we can take steps in flu prevention (flu shot, hand washing avoideing the sick) we can still catch it this however dosent mean I dont try to prevent it
a flu shot is not a guarantee against catching the flu. A lot of people have a false sense of security with those shots and let their guard down. The best bet is to boost your immune system throughout flu season with proper diet and exercise as well as good hygiene. My partner and I also take an herb called Astragalus which is a very powerful immune system booster, that unlike echinacea, can be used longer term without losing its benefits. He has asthma that is worse in the winter, so he has to be especially cautious.
Flu (genuine influenza) comes on suddenly, creates a high fever and usually muscle aches and pains in addition to the standard cold-like symptoms of cough, runny nose etc. . If you can get to the doctor or a clinic within 24 - 48 hours you can get an anti-viral medication that will greatly reduce the severity and duration. If you suspect you have the flu stay home and don't go out where you can infect others. Many people go out anyway and that is how infection is spread.
There's really no way to prevent the flu although vaccination can certainly help but it's not 100%. Because the flu is a virus there is no way to control the spread especially in busy and heavy populated areas. Preventative measures to try and ward off the flu or the worst of the symptoms is usually by helping to boost your immune system by ensuring a good balanced diet. Extra vitamins such as vitamin C can also help. If you also know that a certain location does have a flu outbreak you could always try and avoid that area for a few days, but again it's not full proof as viruses can survive outside host bodies from 12 to 48 hours in general, but people will continue to carry the virus outwith affected areas.
The main symptoms I tend to get is being extremely tired, very sore aching joints and muscles, a very heavy, lethargic feel in my body in general, headaches. These might also be accompanied by sore throat and other signs of a comon cold.
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