Avoid the flu

How to prevent the flu this winter

Wondering how to prevent the flu? You’ve come to the right place! It’s that time of the year again, folks. The days are getting shorter, the weather is noticeably colder and you may find yourself sniffling or struggling to get warm in the evenings. For some, this period marks the beginning of a dreaded malady – the flu! It may be a common complaint but the flu remains a force to be reckoned with – anyone who has experienced its nasty symptoms, which include high fever, a cough, stuffy nose, fatigue and nausea, can testify to this. Follow our expert health advice below on ways to avoid catching the flu this year!

Wash your hands

Stay clean and keep the bugs at bay. This may seem like common sense but you’d be surprised how many people become ill over the winter due to bad hygiene. Our top tip is to regularly wash your hands using warm water and soap. Hands are breeding sites for germs so keeping these clean is the first step in preventing colds and the flu.

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It is a good idea to bring hand sanitizer in your bag to kill any germs on the go.

Keep surfaces clean

Whether it’s your desk in work or your countertop at home, ensure all surfaces are disinfected frequently, to prevent the spread of the flu virus. This doesn’t have to be a back-breaking job. Use disinfectant wipes to quickly get rid of dirt and grime.

Flu vaccination

Getting a flu vaccination between September and October each year greatly reduces your risk of becoming sick. This is particularly advisable for the elderly, international travellers and other high-risk categories.

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A flu immunisation ensures your body is ready to fight germs, even before you have been exposed to them.

Avoid people with the flu

It may seem harsh but if your colleague or loved one is ill, try to keep as much distance as possible. Flu germs are highly contagious, spreading like wildfire from the infected. There is no point in both suffering because you are too polite to put yourself first.

Exercise regularly

Jogging around the block, sweating it out in the gym or two-stepping in that community dance class not only works wonders for your physique – it also helps to improve your immunity.

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Get your heart pumping with a cardio workout to strengthen your body and defences.

Plenty of Vitamin C

Some say it’s an old wife’s tale, others swear by it. Whatever your thoughts, there’s no harm at all in upping your intake of Vitamin C over the winter months. Vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, are well-known for protecting against immune system deficiencies. Take a supplement to ensure you are getting the recommended daily allowance.

So you want to know how to prevent the flu? The bottom line is that prevention is key! Ensure your body is in tip-top condition by maintaining excellent personal hygiene, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. To make things easier for yourself, invest in a flu vaccination and blaze your way through those winter months!

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Worried about getting the flu? Call into your local TMB clinic to find out more about the flu vaccination, which only costs €25.