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Getting Over the Flu

 


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If you've ever had the flu, you know how miserable life can be. And the worst part is, that there is no one type of flu, but rather, there are many different strains of it that can cause a person all sorts of grief. The flu is highly contagious and can usually be caught when you work in small spaces with people or if you work in a small office space. The people who are at the highest risk for catching the flu are teachers and people who work with the public or in small office environments. So, what are some tips or advice for avoiding catching the flu? Well, in recent years, the flu vaccination is often offered at health clinics in the fall as well as early spring (since flu season tends to be in the fall and the spring).

However, the vaccination has been known to actually have negative effects for certain people who get it. The shot that is administered to the person is actually a shot with a small amount of the actual flu in it, the thinking being that your body will build up an immunity to it and will help you to better defend yourself. However, many people end up having flu-like symptoms as a result. The flu has many different symptoms. For some people, the symptoms can be mild all the way to somewhat severe and can include things like, stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, aching all over the body, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, etc. It seems like there is no limit to the amount of symptoms that can coincide with the flu. In order to avoid getting the flu, make sure that you are boosting your immune system by exercising regularly, takin

g vitamin supplements and/or eating healthy. Make sure that you wash your hands anytime you go to the bathroom or before you eat something (you'd be surprised at how many people actually fail to do this! Make sure that you get fresh air every day. This is especially important as most people who work full time, work in an office environment. So, when you get your 15, 20 or 30 minute break, step outside real quick. Try not to drink alcohol if you can help it. Too much alcohol impairs the function of the liver and immune function and can leave you open to all sorts of infections. Heavy drinkers are especially susceptible to catching the flu.

Don't smoke! If you can help it, avoid smoke filled places as second hand smoke can significantly impair your immune system. It dries out your nasal passages and affects the cilia in your nostrils (nose hairs), which act as a filter to keep out various forms of bacteria. Some people actually believe that sitting in a sauna several times a week can help to prevent you from getting the flu. Although there is no proof of this, it is still worth a shot. Make sure you get enough sleep. It's amazing how many people don't get enough sleep; it actually affects the way that you think and operate throughout the course of your day. It also eats away at your immune system.

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