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Flu Prevention Tips

The bad news? Flu season is here. The good news? There are many preventative actions that you can take to reduce your risk of contracting the flu!

  1. Avoid close contact with others who are sick. Keeping your distance from people in your home who are sick as well as strangers who you may hear coughing or sneezing is always a good idea. Likewise, stay away from others if you are sick to minimize the spread of germs. You may consider even wearing a mask if you're not feeling well around others.

  2. Clean high-touch surfaces often. Surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, handles, railings are high-touch. This means exactly what it sounds like - they get a lot of action and should be cleaned often! This will help to combat germs that may be lingering.

  3. Get the Flu vaccine. The Flu vaccine is free and available at most pharmacies as well as some stores like Walmart. Call your local pharmacy to see if they offer the Flu vaccine.

  4. Stay active. Just because the weather is getting colder doesn't mean you should stop being active! Exercise classes are a great way to stay active in the winter.

  5. Avoid touching your face - eyes, nose, mouth. Especially when you're out in public touching things that others likely have, too.

  6. Wash your hands. Hot water and soap is necessary for killing germs! Wash your hands before eating, after being out in public, etc. - often!

  7. Drink plenty of fluids and make sure to eat nutritious meals. When you feed your body well, it functions better! Get and keep your immunity up by ensuring your body is functioning optimally. Food is fuel, so fuel up by eating well this Flu season!

  8. Stay home if you're sick. The best thing you can do for yourself when you're not feeling well is rest. Your body will thank you for staying home if you're sick - as will others! Minimize the spread of sickness and sit it out if you're feeling ill.

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