Flu season is here, and almost overnight it seems to have taken on an epidemic quality. This sudden influx in flu-related illnesses is causing shortages in the availability of flu shots. Healthcare providers are now prescribing medication for the Flu over the phone and recommending that people stay home if they feel even a little under the weather. WCVB Boston Channel 5 reported that Boston city officials are now urging residents to get vaccinated in an effort to keep transmission of germs down as much as possible. In addition to getting the flu shot, there are other precautions you can take to stay as healthy as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or feeling under the weather
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Use disposable tissues intended to be thrown away after use
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your face after touching surfaces
- Clean your work area with disinfectant spray or wipes
- Take your vitamins
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat a balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress
Even if you take all of the precautions above, there is no guarantee that you will not get sick. The Flu has a sneaky way of finding and infecting even the most careful of people. By following the steps above however, you should significantly reduce your chances of becoming ill with the Flu.
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