We’re now well into the fall of the year, in fact, where I live it actually looks and feels more like winter! Although we still try to get out in the fresh air as often as possible, unfortunately, we’re not outside as much as we are in the warmer months.
Consequently, this is the time of the year when many of us are spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls and office buildings which makes us more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing those germs home to our families.
So, is it inevitable that we will contract influenza? No, it’s definitely not! You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming an influenza victim.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFLUENZA:
1.) Eat well:
It’s important to make healthy food choices all year, but even more so during cold and flu season to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. Your body needs to be working at its best to fight off infection.
Not sure what you should be eating? Make an appointment with one of the in-store dietitians at your local Atlantic Superstore and you may also like to read my interview with an in-store dietitian that I wrote last flu season.
2.) Strengthen your immune system:
Getting adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours each night), drinking plenty of fluids (at least 8 glasses of water each day), eating healthy foods, and staying active will go a long way in staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season.
3.) Wash your hands:
To limit the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Always wash with soap and water for 15 seconds to help avoid spreading and picking up germs. (I tell my family to silently sing the “Happy Birthday” song and when you’re done, the 15 seconds will be up.)
4.) Know when to stay home:
Know when a fever is too high and make sure to stay home if your temperature passes 100 degrees. Remember you should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work or school.
5.) Get the flu shot:
This is the most important tip of all! No matter what, the flu shot needs to be part of your influenza prevention plan. It’s your first defence against the flu and depending on how well the vaccine is matched to this year’s common viruses, 70-90 percent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination. You don’t need an appointment, just stop by the pharmacy at any Atlantic Superstore to get your flu shot without an appointment!
Remember, to stay on top of cold and flu season, stock up on foods that contain nutrients which contribute to good overall and immune health and most importantly, be sure to head over to your local Atlantic Superstore to get the flu shot. Visit http://bit.ly/FluCrew2018 to learn more about the services your local Superstore offers.
WIN – To help you stock up on nutrient-rich foods, the Atlantic Superstore is giving one lucky reader a $100 President’s Choice gift card.
DATES – Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM AT on December 31, 2018
ELIGIBILITY – Open to residents of Canada 18+.
TO ENTER – Using the Giveaway Tools form below, simply follow the instructions, complete the mandatory entries, (which unlock the optional entries), plus any or all the optional entries for your chance to win this prize.
Best of luck everyone!