6 Flu Prevention Tips
It’s that dreadful season: flu season. But fear not! I’m going to give you some useful tips on how to keep yourself healthy and ensure that this year’s flu season doesn’t knock you down.
- Get Lots of Sleep: As a university student, I have definitely had my fair share of late nights. But I can assure you that procrastinating your assignment and having to lose sleep over finishing it is totally not worth it! A lack of sleep leaves you more vulnerable to getting sick, plus it’s really not enjoyable to be exhausted all the time. Make sure you are getting at least 8-10 hours of sleep, believe me your body will thank you!
- Wash and Sanitize your Hands: Wash your hands regularly with warm soap and water. I don’t have to tell you the normal times when to wash your hands, but also carrying around a small hand sanitizer is helpful in preventing the flu! For instance, after taking public transit it’s a great idea to put some hand sanitizer on.
- Cover your Mouth and Nose when you Cough or Sneeze: This one is just common courtesy. I’m sure you don’t want to be sneezed on, so make sure to cover up and not sneeze on others.
- Eat Healthy: Eating a well-balanced meal will help to strengthen your immune system. Plus you will feel so much better by eating the healthier options like salad or a stir fry, opposed to chicken strips or a burger.
- Exercise: Exercising will help boost your immune system! Exercising may not be your thing, and I get that. Try to make it more enjoyable by doing it with a friend. I love trying out new Zumba classes with my friends! As a bonus, exercise can also shorten the recovery period if you do end up getting sick.
- Get your Flu Shot: Finally, get your flu shot! A flu shot usually protects you against 3 or 4 different influenza viruses, and while it decreases your likelihood of getting sick, you’ll also be protecting those who cannot get the flu shot when you get yours. Remember, influenza is not the same as the stomach flu, and an estimated 3500 Canadians lose their lives to influenza every year, so it’s really important that you do your part to protect yourself and your community!
If you’re hoping to avoid the potential of having an unexpected week off due to the flu, take these flu prevention tips! There’s no guarantee they will all work, but there’s no harm in trying. Good luck finishing up all your midterms and papers! I wish you all good health as you take on flu season this year!