The record-breaking Flu on 2018 is upon us.
So what are some ways to battle the flu? Among the most important way to win the battle against the flu are PREVENTION and PREPARATION. Follow some simple practices to minimize your odds of contracting the flu and being prepared is also very important, in case you do get it. If you get the flu, you will want to have everything on hand to help you treat it as quickly as possible.
Avoid Catching the Flu
- Get your Flu Shot. Flu vaccination can reduce illness and prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
- Wash, wash, wash your hands!
- Keep your nails trimmed. Bacteria and viruses hide under your nails, too!
- Gloves and masks, if you are near people with the flu, or tending to someone that has contracted it already.
- Minimize your trips to stores and Dr. offices.
- Avoid take-out restaurants and foods. You do not know who handled it. An ill person may have just wrapped it up for you and you can be exposed simply by touching the wrapper that was handled!
You should have your Flu Kit ready to use in a moments’ notice. The Flu comes on quickly and who wants to run to the store, once you are feeling sick? It is best to have what you need on-hand. So what should you have in your flu kit and why?
- Tea and Honey for hydration. Tea helps to keep you hydrated and the honey can help soothe your sore throat. It also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Adding some Citrus, such as a slice of Orange, Lemon or Lime will give you the added benefit of vitamin C, to help boost your immune system.
- Soup can help you recover more quickly. Homemade Chicken Soup is now on the board as “scientifically proven” to help you recover from the flu! I have posted a nice recipe here, with a vegetarian option also! You need to get the recipe and make the soup while you are feeling well and pop a few servings into your freezer!
- Fever Control. You need to have Hyland’s Complete Flu Care (Homeopathic) on hand and begin taking it at the onset of symptoms! If you do not have Hyland”s, you should have Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen on hand.
- Prevent the spread of your flu with disinfectants. Use your Hand Sanitizer frequently, between washing, and disinfect surfaces with natural Herban Wipes!
- Get up! Lying prone for long periods of time can increase your chances of acquiring pneumonia as a complication of the flu. It is important that you get up and move around. This will also boost your immune system. Rest is important, but MOVING in between naps in imperative.
What To Do If You Think You Have The Flu –
If you Think you have the Flu, you need to contact your Doctor. They may want to verify whether you actually have it with a nasal swab. This is a very simple test in which the Doctor will use a cotton swab to get a sample from your nasal passages. The sample will then be tested for confirmation of whether the Flu virus is present or not. If it is positive for the Flu, you need to get out your preparedness supplies and STAY HOME. By trying to tough it out, you are only going to infect others and add to the problem. There is no shame in calling off work or school for a few days and taking
some time to get better. Some of the early symptoms will include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
Take the Flu Seriously
The Flu strain this year (2018) is a serious one. It is the H3N2 strain that causes the worst outbreaks of the two influenza A viruses and two types of influenza B viruses that circulate among people and are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Seasons, when H3N2 strain dominates, are associated with more hospitalizations, more deaths, and more illnesses. Those who are particularly hard hit are the very young, the elderly and people with other health conditions, experts say.