There is so much to look forward to in the fall – cozy sweaters, nights in front of the fireplace, Halloween, pumpkin-spiced flavored everything. There is something else that autumn brings though that is much less pleasant – cold and flu season.
The CDC is the department in charge of tracking cold and flu season in the United States. According to their statistics, on average, the season lasts 5-7 months. Start of flu season is usually seen around mid October with a peak in the middle of winter.
While most suffer mild symptoms, the flu (influenza) in particular can be deadly. This is especially true among at-risk populations. Preventing the spread of the virus can help save lives. With a little preparation, you can lower your chances of getting sick or getting anyone else sick.
Here are a few ways to prepare for this year’s flu and cold season.
Cold and Flu Prevention
For some people, getting a cold or the flu every year just seems inevitable. For other people, getting sick is a rare occurrence. A lot of it has to do with your own immune system, daily habits and lifestyle, living situation, and location.
A few things you can try that will help lower your chance of getting sick are:
Eating Healthy and Getting All Your Daily Vitamins
Daily healthy habits build a strong, healthy immune system. When your immune system is running at peak performance, it can easily fight off the common cold or a normal flu virus. Even if this year’s flu is a bit more aggressive, these same healthy habits will give your immune system a fighting chance and lower your risk of severe symptoms.
At Eric’s Health Food, we focus on providing customers with the best selection of health foods, supplements, vitamins, etc. Whether you need a daily vitamin, want a Vit C boost, or just some healthy snacks, we have what you need.
Killing the Virus on Contact
In order for you to get sick, the influenza virus has to get inside your body. The best way to prevent getting sick is to keep it out. The best way to do this is by killing the virus as soon as you come in contact with it.
You do this by keeping your hands, face, and surroundings clean.
- Wash your hands – Think about how many things you touch during the day and how many people touch those things – door knobs, tables, lightswitches, etc. Talk about breeding ground for viruses. The easy solution is to wash your hands. It only takes 20-30 seconds.
- Clean surfaces – Speaking of gross surfaces, when possible, wipe them down with antibacterial cleaner. There are plenty of non-toxic options that still kill 99%+ of bacteria and viruses – including those that cause a cold or flu.
- Don’t touch your face – For most people, washing your hands dozens of times a day just isn’t going to work. In this case, try not to touch your face. The fastest way for a cold or flu virus to get into the body is through the mouth or nose. Every time you touch your face, you are at risk of infection.
- Wear a mask – If 2020 taught us anything, it was the power of a mask. When you are in a public space, even if you wash your hands and keep them off your face, you are still at risk from viruses floating in the air. People coughing and sneezing while not covering their mouth and nose fill the air with particles of cold and flu virus. Keeping that grossness off of you is as easy as wearing a face mask.
Pick up a hand sanitizer, non-toxic cleaner, or face mask on your next visit to Eric’s.
Getting a Flu Shot
We can’t talk about flu prevention without mentioning getting a flu shot. While the above tips can help keep you safer, avoiding influenza completely can still be very difficult.
For individuals at high risk or for anyone around those at high risk, getting the flu shot should be Step 1 in preventing the flu. For everyone else, getting a flu shot is still the best first line of defense. It can literally save lives.
If You Do Get Sick…
Nothing, not even a flu shot, can totally eliminate your chances of getting a cold or flu this season. If you do end up sick though, Eric’s Health Food Shoppe has cold medicine, flu medicine, and supplements to help you get better faster.
Going out to get medicine when you are already sick is never fun so stock up now before peak flu season is upon us.