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Preparing for flu season

5 tips to stay healthy this winter.

Are you familiar with the most effective methods for preventing the flu? Engaging in preseason preparation for the flu and common cold seasons can effectively safeguard your family against these illnesses throughout the year.

Get the flu jab.

The annual flu vaccine remains the best way to protect against influenza and its complications. If you haven’t already, now is the best time to get the flu jab. Your doctor or healthcare provider can offer further advise you further on whether this vaccination is right for you. .
Wash and dry your hands.

Regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water is one of the best methods to reduce your risk, much like lowering your risk of COVID-19. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching something in a public setting without first washing your hands. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if you don’t have access to soap and water.

Clean shared spaces.

Regularly clean and sanitise areas that are often touched, such as benches, doorknobs and handles, tables, your fridge, and bathroom.
Use antiviral cleaning products to eliminate viruses from common surfaces. You might also wish to clean your phone, keyboard, and other frequently touched items that could harbour infections.

Support your body and help maintain your immunity.

When you’re healthy and well, a strong immune system does a fantastic job at fighting off viruses.
Make sure you get enough sleep, for most people this is about seven to eight hours per night.
Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and keeps you active.

Eat nutritious meals with plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes.

Practise self-care.

If you happen to catch the pesky winter-bug, take care of yourself. If you have a fever, stay home and keep an eye out for any symptoms that might indicate COVID-19, and consult a doctor if necessary.

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