An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — and that’s never been more true when you consider steps you can take to prevent the spread of illness versus the cost of not being able to go to work or school if you’re sick.
Here is what you should know this season, including information on how to protect yourself and your family :
- Get Vaccinated : Every year the flu virus mutates and adapts to the previous year’s vaccine. As more and more people get vaccinated, they also help those who can’t (like infants and seniors) from getting sick by granting herd immunity.
- Rethink that Extra Drink : Studies have shown that excessive alcohol inhibits the immune system by reducing the ability of white blood cells to effectively kill bacteria. Alcohol also dehydrates and can disrupt your sleep which is also another way to get sick.
- Avoid Sugar – Just like alcohol, sugar also inhibits white blood cells from fighting bacteria and viruses. Women shouldn’t exceed more than 6 teaspoons of sugar, while men shouldn’t exceed 9 teaspoons. A typical can of pop has 10 teaspoons.
- Wash Any Item You Touch – Washing machines, phones, microwaves, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, bed rails, remote controls, and children’s toys are all hotbeds for bacteria and germs. So washing all your objects occasionally helps reduce the risk of bacteria and germ build up.