5 Ways to Protect Yourself From the Flu
With flu season right around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about how to protect yourself from this and other common cold-weather diseases, illnesses and infections. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
Get a flu vaccine – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines become available. This is especially important for people at high risk of flu complications, including children, pregnant women, individuals 65 years of age or older and individuals who suffer from chronic health conditions.
Run an air purifier – You can keep the surfaces in your home clean with disinfectants, but it’s also important to consider the air you’re breathing. Most modern homes are so airtight during the cold-weather months that airborne bacteria and viruses can easily become trapped indoors. The RxAir Air Purification System is one of the best lines of defense against the flu, destroying more than 99% of the flu virus on the first pass.
Control humidity levels – According to CNN, “homes kept at 40-60% relative humidity are likely to have fewer flu viruses lingering in the air and on surfaces like sink faucets, door handles and countertops.” If the air inside your home is dry, consider using a cool mist humidifier, which can also help relieve congestion and coughs.
Keep your hands clean – Did you know that approximately 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch?
Think about all the objects you touch throughout the day once you leave the house: doorknobs, stairway railings, shopping carts, etc. According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – Every time you bite your nails or rub your eyes, you could be increasing your chances of getting the flu, as this is one of the main ways that a virus can enter your system. Keeping your hands clean helps, but try to avoid touching your face just to be safe.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a healthy winter!