Even with new supplies of flu vaccine available, there are plenty of other ways to stay healthy during this flu season. By taking personal responsibility for your health, and practicing a few common-sense measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of catching flu this winter.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze—Influenza, as well as other viruses—spread through air-borne droplets. Your friends will thank you for your good manners and consideration!
- Wash your hands regularly - Many, many illnesses have been prevented simply by practicing good hygiene. This means washing hands before eating, before and after going to the restroom, and any time you've handled an object that is within reach of the public.
- Stay at home if you're ill - You'll recover faster, and your co-workers and friends will thank you for it.
- Avoid places where crowds of people congregate—The more people, the more likely someone who is sick will spread their illness to you
- Eat a healthy diet - The more you do to keep your immunity high, the more likely you'll get through the flu season unscathed.
- Get plenty of rest - Influenza—and most viruses—are more likely to attack people who are not rested, and therefore more vulnerable to illness.
- Most importantly, do not rush to get a vaccine if you are not among the vulnerable populations noted. Your willingness to be a good citizen and save vaccine for someone more vulnerable may not only save that person weeks of suffering, it may save their life!