By Tehniyet Azam
According to the Center of Disease Control, the flu attacks the lungs, nose, and throat of its victims. Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk for infection.
Common symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.
The flu is treated primarily with rest and plenty of fluids to let the body fight the infection on its own.
5 Tips to Avoid Influenza:
1. Avoid close contact: Try to stay away from people who are sick. Their germs can get to you very easily. If you are sick yourself, try to stay away from people who are healthy. Your germs can be transferred to them through a sneeze, hand shake and through the air. We should be considerate and stay at home if we are sick so that we are not spreading our germs to healthy friends and coworkers.
2. Avoid touching your face: When you have the flu try avoiding rubbing your eyes and touching your nose and mouth. This is how hands get contaminated with influenza germs and so forth we can transfer our germs to others via a hand shake and alike. Healthy individuals can then get the flu if they rub their eyes or touch the mouth and nose with their contaminated hands.
3. Keep your hands clean: Whenever you sneeze, or cough cover your mouth and then wash your hands right away so that you are not transferring your germs to others. Also, if you are scared that someone else might have transferred their germs to you, wash your hands and face to kill the germs and avoid the flu.
4. Practice good habits: Leading a healthy lifestyle will help prevent the disease. Drink lots of fluids, keep your mouth covered when coughing, maintain an active lifestyle, and managing your stress levels can be a few things to prevent the flu. If you do get the flu cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces at home, work and school can be helpful, and you can prevent others from getting sick.
5. Get Vaccinated: During the flu season you should make sure to get vaccinated for this infection. This will help build your immunity against the influenza virus and will protect you from contracting the disease.