How to prevent the flu

It’s that time of the year again! The days are getting shorter, there’s a nip in the air and you may just find yourself struggling to get warm in the evenings. For some, this period marks the beginning of the dreaded flu.
Wondering how to prevent the flu? Follow our expert health advice below on how to prevent the flu this winter!

Clean your hands

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This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people become ill during winter due to bad hygiene.

Our top tip is to regularly wash your hands using warm water and soap.

Hands are a breeding site for germs so keeping them clean is the first step in preventing colds and the flu. It’s also a good idea to bring hand sanitizer in your bag to keep those germs away while you’re on the go!

Keep surfaces clean

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Whether it’s your desk in work or your counter top at home, ensure all surfaces are disinfected frequently in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

This doesn’t have to be a gruelling job – use disinfectant wipes to quickly get rid of the dirt and grime.

Get the flu vaccination

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Our ‘How to prevent the flu this winter’ list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the reliable flu vaccination!

Getting a flu vaccination between September and October each year greatly reduces your risk of catching the flu – especially for the elderly, international travellers and other high-risk categories.

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

Avoid people with the flu

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If your colleague or loved one is ill, try to keep as much distance as possible.

Flu germs are highly contagious and tend to spread like wildfire from the infected.

Get your heart pumping with regular exercise

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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.

So, get your heart pumping to strengthen your body and defences.

Take in plenty of Vitamin C

how to prevent the flu

Wondering how to prevent the flu? Vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, are well-known for protecting against immune system deficiencies.

If you’re struggling to get your recommended daily allowance – take a Vitamin C supplement!

We hope you enjoyed our expert tips on how to prevent the flu this winter!

Want to know more? Check out CDC‘s informational video on flu prevention below:


Worried about getting the flu? Call into your local TMB clinic to find out more about the flu vaccination.