Preventing Illness This Winter
No one likes to be sick, especially during the holidays!
Cold, flu and COVID-19 are common illnesses that can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.
Below are some tips to help you stay healthy during the season:
Wash hands regularly
Germs can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, so washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water is important. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands throughout the day.
The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It creates protection against three influenza viruses: influenza (H3N2) virus, influenza (H1N2) virus, and one B virus. An updated COVID-19 vaccine also became available in 2023.
Maintain a balanced diet
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for supporting the immune system and overall health. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats. And make sure to stay hydrated!
Consider wearing a mask
If traveling by public transportation or otherwise in large groups of people, consider wearing a filtering mask to prevent breathing in germs.
Movement improves blood circulation, allowing immune cells to move more effectively throughout the body.
Following these tips can help reduce your risk of getting sick and stay healthy during the winter season.