The 9 Best Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu [Printable Infographic]
We get it - nobody enjoys battling the flu. With the cold weather and busy holiday season upon us, we thought we would share the most effective ways to fend off this nasty illness all season long! If you would like a printable copy of this flyer for you home or office, just click on the infographic below and it will open up into a printable PDF for you.
a recap of our nine guidelines:
Get Vaccinated: Every year the flu virus mutates and adapts to the previous year’s vaccines (similar to a super-villain). But not to fret! As more and more people get vaccinated, they not only strengthen their own immune system, but also help those who can’t. This magical process is called “herd immunity”, where the vaccinated group protects those who can’t be vaccinated, such as infants and seniors.
Follow Proper Sneeze Etiquette: Once again, we beg you to have some discretion, and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (or even shirtsleeve) when you cough or sneeze. Nobody wants your second-hand sneeze particles in their face. And we know that you don’t enjoy covering your hands in snot, either.
Wash Your Hands: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - one of the most important preventative measures you can take all season long is to wash your hands! Make sure you are really lathering your hands up with soap, scrubbing them for at least 20 seconds, rinsing, and drying with clean linens.
Clean Off Frequently Touched Items: Phones, car interiors, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, hand rails, remote controls, kitchen tools, and children's toys are all hotbeds for bacteria and germs! So washing all these objects occasionally helps reduce the risk of bacteria and germ build up.
Don’t Touch Your Face: Unless you wash your hands every time you use your phone, keyboard, or doorknob, the best way to avoid sickness is to touch your face less, according to a new paper published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Keep a Close Eye On Your Symptoms: Staying aware of how you are feeling throughout the flu season will help you to take preventative measures (such as taking extra Vitamin C) if you feel symptoms coming on. It can also help you adjust your activity levels to better prevent illness.
Get Moderate Exercise: Moderate exercise, in the long run, strengthens your immune system. However, we’re not prescribing seven days of Crossfit. The key word here is moderate, such as walking, yoga, and gentle movements. Intense workouts leave your body in a weakened state that also weakens your immune system. After intense workouts, your body is more susceptible to getting sick for a 72-hour window.
Get Fresh Air: Sometimes, sharing warm air inside an office or home can lead to getting sick. The air that’s circulating in a closed space carries germs and bacteria that can infect you. Read more about this here. So take a few minutes to stop and smell the flowers, and fill your lungs with some fresh, clean outdoor air!
Stay Home if You’re Sick!: Please don’t be a “tough guy” and “muscle through” your illness. If you go to work when you don't feel well, you can make others sick. Although a cold or flu might not be a big deal for you, it can be serious for people with weak immune systems, like young children, the elderly, and anyone with a long-term health problem. Bottom line: staying home is braver than going to work.
We hope these tips help to protect you all season long! If you’re ready to take your facility’s health to the next level, Call Bee Line Support for a quote at 312-BEE-LINE, or click the button below to request a quote: