How to Avoid the Flu?

The prevention of the disease must pass through the vaccine. But you can take other basic steps to minimize the risk of suffering from the virus

Shoot the first dirty handkerchief who has never felt the symptoms of an influenza : chills, body aches, stuffy nose, fever, tiredness , sleep … In a short time, this lot of trouble knocks down anyone. Hence, one needs to stay in bed and take a series of pills to relieve these discomforts. But is it possible to avoid illness and go through autumn / winter without suffering from these annoyances?

Yes, there are scientifically proven ways to reduce the likelihood of being infected by the influenza virus, the causer of the disease. The first is to take an annual dose of the vaccine , available at health posts for some publics, such as pregnant women, children, teachers and health professionals (see the full list here) . The goal of vaccination is to protect more vulnerable populations and thus to reduce the impact of influenza throughout society.

“For groups with immunization indicated, taking the vaccine is not only an individual issue, of protecting oneself, but also fulfilling the role of citizen, as it contributes to lowering the circulation rate of the virus throughout the community,” draws attention to pediatrician Flávia Bravo, medical manager of the Brazilian Center for Traveler’s Medicine.

Other ways to avoid the flu
It is worthwhile to put other attitudes into practice. One is to wash your hands regularly, especially when you get home, at work, or at school. Imagine how many places you run your hand through the day: doorknobs, bus and subway bars, handrails, elevator buttons … Who guarantees that a flu guy did not go there before and spread a lot of viruses on those surfaces?

Our fingers are one of the great vehicles of influenza infection. If they are dirty, end up leading to the mouth , nose and eyes a lot of infectious agents, which attack the cells of these regions of our body. So be careful and, if possible, restrict the number of times you bring your hands up to the face to scratch or prick the skin.

When coughing or sneezing, cover the nose and mouth preferably with the forearm. In this way, you prevent those small droplets of saliva (another relevant form of contagion) from being suspended in the air and entering the respiratory system of an individual who has the chance of passing by at that very moment. And why not use your hands? Why, you use her much more than the forearm to greet people, lean on the bus …

Another smart tip is to keep your rooms well-ventilated : leave the doors and windows of your home open for as long as possible. In the colder months of the year, we tend to keep ourselves cloistered and close to other people, which increases the danger of getting the flu. By allowing air to circulate in the bedroom, kitchen and living room, the risk of the virus being transmitted from one subject to another drops considerably.

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