Flu season is about to make its full bloom, whether you like it or not. It’s the last quarter of the year again when it gets seriously cold and flu bugs start to celebrate.
According to Canada.ca, influenza is among the top 10 causes of death in Canada with an estimated number of 3,500 deaths each year. All over the world, there are approximately 250,000 deaths because of the disease. Those are such huge numbers of mortality for an illness that is mostly preventable with proper caution, awareness, and implementation.
Every year, the Canadian government takes its utmost initiative to manage influenza. Information dissemination, vaccination, hospitalization and case studies – these are implemented in order to control the spread of the virus, if not totally eradicated which is far from possibility.
What is Flu?
Flu is a viral infection. It is easily transmitted by droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. It can also be acquired through direct contact from someone who is infected with the virus.
The most common symptoms of Flu are: high fever, cough, and muscle pain. One can also experience fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, chills, and sore throat. If you have some of these symptoms, it is advisable to go see your doctor immediately.
Flu Season Prevention
“Prevention is better than cure.” This saying is old but
The following are some tips in on how to stay away from Flu every Flu season and keeping yourself and your family healthy.
1. Proper Handwashing
While most people are well aware of the benefits of handwashing, unless you have a medical background, I believe not many people can demonstrate it properly. Here is an infographic from Inquirer.net on how to wash your hands properly.
These steps may look like exaggerating but know that each of them is crucial in eliminating the germs on your hands. Using soap in washing your hands is very important. While you may think that the germs will be flooded with water and will eventually come off, without soap, you are just introducing more germs into your hands. Remember, germs like dark, wet, and warm environment.
Wash your hands frequently and save yourself some flu burden.
2. Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette
As a child, we were taught to cover our mouth when coughing and sneezing. We may not fully understand the reasoning back then, but as an adult, it is important to continue reminding ourselves and our children to avoid spreading germs by simply using a handkerchief or your sleeves when you’re about to sneeze and/or cough. Saliva microdroplets can spread up to 6 feet away like an
3. Clean Shared Areas
There are multiple areas in our house that is shared with the entire family. Make sure cleanliness is maintained in those areas paired with some sanitation especially the washrooms. Every door knob and tap water handle, and flush handle should be sanitized accordingly as these are the most-touched objects.
In the office, the mouse and telephone in your desk are also a good hideout for germs. It is important to sanitize them as well especially if you and your co-worker share the same devices.
4. Eat Healthy
Healthy diet is a must, not just during the flu season but all-year-round. Germs may enter your body but as long as you are healthy and immune, your body will be able to fight against them.
5. Stay Hydrated
“You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.”
Majority of contents in our body is fluid. From that alone, it is clear that our body needs an adequate amount to maintain its proper bodily functions. Like a vehicle, our body will start malfunctioning when there is not enough fluid. Some signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration includes; headache, dry mouth, decreased urination, reduced sweating, and dizziness.
Water flushes out toxins from our body. Imagine being dehydrated while fighting off flu infection. Not a pleasant thought, right? Even cough and colds can easily be managed by adequate fluid intake. Try to bring a bottled water with you everywhere, and every time your throat tickles, drink some water. Your cough/cold length of stay will shorten significantly.
6. Get Vaccinated
Up to this date, vaccination is still debatable and will be as long as vaccines exist. I have observed that this issue is not noticeable in developing countries. Being born in the place where vaccination is imperative, everyone gets vaccinated accordingly. Contrary to developed countries, where I came from, parents even have to fight for their child’s spot to get a vaccine when there is scarcity.
Just some disclaimer, yes, I am pro-vaccination. Apart from my childhood culture, I have a medical background as well. Thus, I suggest everyone
Canadians are lucky to have a government that takes care of its people when it comes to managing contiguous diseases. Having free abundant flu vaccine that is readily available in every corner of the country is a luxury for most underdeveloped and developing countries.
Do not wait to have the symptoms, prevent it firsthand by following these tips in staying healthy this Flu season.