Spring time and warmer days might only be a few weeks away but February is not the month to drop your guard. And by that we mean you should take extra precautions this month and avoid putting yourself at risk for the flu and common cold. According to a report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), February is the peak of flu season and you are more likely to contract influenza or catch a cold this month than in any other time of the year.
Since you would not want to miss out on work days or stay at home with a runny nose, here’s what you can do to protect yourself and fight the flu:
GET YOUR FLU SHOT
Consider yourself lucky if you have managed to stay flu free in the last couple of months without getting a flu shot. However, since there’s no telling when your luck will run out, you should get a flu shot as soon as possible to make sure your February is as flu free as the months preceding it. The CDC now recommends everyone to get a flu shot every six months and that applies to you too. You can easily and quickly get your flu shot by just walking into the MedHelp clinic in Alpharetta.
Your immune system is your best bet against the flu and common cold and it only works effectively when you eat well. Eating well doesn’t mean overeating or stuffing yourself with junk food, of course. You should try to maintain a healthy diet that’s high on good protein like lean meats, beans and fish- all of which help build the white blood cells fundamental to your immune system. Round up your diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and water, and you will be able to provide your immune system with the ammunition it needs to fight the flu virus.
People who exercise and enjoy an active lifestyle are less likely to fall ill than people who don’t. Regular exercise and physical activity stimulate your immune system and help it protect your body from the flu and common cold. Exercise is also instrumental to long term health and happiness.
Join us again for more advice on protecting yourself through the flu season. You can also read useful tips and find helpful information about the flu and common cold by browsing our archives.